Both a narrative of architectural excellence and a beautiful object in itself
*Photo credit to Norman Hackenberg.
The last 20 years have seen Adelaide go from being a large town to fully blossoming into a small city. And driving this growth has been a burst of architectural energy and some world-leading construction projects.
New South Australian Architecture captures that energy in a series of beautiful images by renowned architectural photographer Peter Barnes. In gathering this collection, Barnes has trawled through his archives, but also taken new shots. Here are some of the
Barnes’s images are gathered into a superb book design by John Nowland, who has given the binding itself an architectural feel. This is a handsome coffee-table book that can still be held in the hand and read.
Journalist Lance Campbell has been commissioned to write commentary. Disappointingly, his remit seems to have been to produce what reads like marketing copy, rather than more detailed discussions of the projects. And not every project even has commentary. The reader is left wanting information that just isn’t there. This lack lets the book down somewhat.
However, this is still a winning publication from Wakefield Press. Both a narrative of architectural excellence, and a beautiful object in itself, New South Australian
Reviewed by Tracey Korsten
Distributed by: Wakefield Press
Released: April 2021