Special Collections: Modernist Architecture and Design

Jannes Gerhardus Wattjes (1929) Nieuw-Nederlandsche bouwkunst (GSA Library, Special Collections)

The Modernist Architecture and Design Collection comprises around one hundred volumes published between the 1930s and 1960s. The focus is on well-illustrated national surveys which reflect the modern architectural milieu of the time in Europe, the Americas, and Japan. In addition to the work of architects with an international and continuing profile, the collection illustrates the output of many others who were once well-known but are now largely forgotten and ripe for rediscovery. The creation of the collection has been guided by the relevant national pages of Dennis Sharp’s 1981 Sources of Modern Architecture, but has also been supplemented by additional titles to illustrate particular building typologies, together with a small selection of books on landscape, interiors and furniture design. Most notably, it includes a number of key works on post-War church architecture, reflecting GSA’s close relationship with the practice of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia, who were responsible for much of Scotland’s contribution to modernism.