MODERSOHN & FREIESLEBEN

The Life of Things

The publisher: “. . . Johannes Modersohn’s and Antje Freiesleben’s first work, the spacious platform hall at Potsdamer Platz regional train station, with its clear passarelle, is used daily by thousands of Berliners and other travelers. Designs for public buildings, residences in and outside of the city, and renovations of historical and office buildings followed.

Their buildings create spaces that not only permit life to occur, but also enrich it, instead of proscribing ways to live.

In this book Tobias Zepter presents a selection of the architects’ work. From an inside perspective he explains how the specific site, the history of the building type, functional demands, and construction ideas are incorporated into the design process, making their buildings what they are: succinct, precise, and ‘ordinary.’”

For this book I could use PTL Vielzweck as text typeface for the first time. It works really great in the context with contemporary architecture.

To show a clear difference between the two bodytexts (German/English), they are not just composed on either the upper and the lower half of the book but also set in different colours.

All my best regards go to the studio Modersohn & Freiesleben, the team of the Hatje Cantz Berlin office and to Ute Höpfner having done a great job in image editing.

MODERSOHN & FREIESLEBEN
The Life of Things

176 pp., 286 ills., 77 in color, 122 in duotone, 18,50 x 24,60 cm

September 2009