Concrete Jungle

The collision of rational architecture with the organic abundance of tropical vegetation has created some of the most futuristic buildings. Based on the concepts of modern style and Bauhaus aesthetics, tropical countries such as Brazil and Mexico developed their unique projects promoting an international style and architecture that is timeless, exerting a great influence globally.

The new book by Berlin-based Gestalten takes readers on a tour of an architecture that exemplifies tropical modernism. Called “Concrete Jungle,” the 304-page hardcover book traverses lush landscapes around the world, showcasing architects who pioneered and were inspired by this style. Examples of this style – which originated in Sri Lanka – depict buildings integrated into a natural landscape. Readers will have the opportunity to admire a number of iconic works, including Luis Barragán’s colourful Cuadra San Cristóbal in Mexico, Oscar Niemeyer’s Canoas House, Lina Bo Bardi’s Glass House and Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s Butantã House. Concrete Jungle is due for release on March 28, priced at $90.

Photos Courtesy of Gestalten