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