We Build Drawings


A collection of sketches and watercolours by Mikkel Frost, co-founder of Danish architecture firm CEBRA, champions drawing as a communication tool.


ISBN: 9789492311382 Category:

Mikkel Frost


‘Architects do not actually build buildings,’ says Mikkel Frost, co-founder of Danish architecture firm CEBRA. ‘What we build is an idea. To visualize it, we build drawings.’ The evolutionary process of how aphorisms develop into precise architectural concepts is illustrated through a collection of Frost’s sketches and watercolours.

Over 200 drawings are organized into 20 sections, each relating to one of CEBRA’s projects. An index containing c olour photographs and renders of their works further illuminates how the drawings are translated into reality. Introducing the book, a written version of Frost’s TEDx talk Let your fingers do the talking elaborates on the book’s impetus: to bring a spotlight to the craft of drawing as a powerful tool for creation and communication.

Additional information

Weight 470 g
Dimensions 14.8 x 21.3 cm
Publisher name Frame Publishers
Publication date 29 November 2019
Number of pages 208
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.8 x 21.3 cm
Weight 470 g


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Mikkel Frost is a practicing architect and one of three founding partners of the internationally recognized architecture studio CEBRA, based in Denmark and the UAE. Frost is a skilled and versatile illustrator, with a talentfor spontaneously visualizing his thoughts and quirky ideas in fantastic and whimsical drawings. In 2016, two of his watercolours were accepted into the collection of The Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin.