The ten books each have their own slipcase or box and are contained in a large box.
The architects and works included in the piece are not a structured history of architecture, but a random choice of things that interest me.
In this post I will talk about Book No 4, Alberti. To Vitruvius' three qualities necessary for perfection - Utilitas (Function), Firmitas (Structure) and Venustas (Design and Beauty), Alberti added Numeros (Numbers), Finito (Proportion), Collocatio (Location or Arrangement) and Concinnitas (A well adjusted whole). Alberti's architecture is constructed according to proportional theory and he uses classic arches and columns decoratively rather than structurally.
For this reason I decided to make the book look a bit like a facade.
As a background to the pages I used illustrations of Alberti's architecture showing how the proportional theory worked in his designs, and I also found some facsimile pages from Alberti's 'Ten Books' (in Latin) and I made faded grey copies of these in Photoshop.
Each page contains overlaid text of important points about architecture from Alberti's ten books De re aedificatoria. The printed pages were assembled with a folded gutter between each page to give the raised effect of the facade.
The covers were made from white PVC. I used this a lot around 2005-2006 as I liked the solid white appearance. After cutting the covers I sanded the edges to make them smooth and rounded. A blind design based on Alberti's proportional theory was drawn into the PVC with an embossing tool.
The next posts will be about the two books based on the Turkish Map Fold, Queenslander and Brunelleschi.