One of the most exciting and accomplished young architects to emerge on the
international scene in many years, David Adjaye concentrates in his work on
materials and issues of place and identity. A combination of sheer
inventiveness, creative clients, and modest budgets has produced a refined and
comprehensive body of design unusual in such a young practitioner.
Four essential components make up this, Adjaye's first monograph: an
introduction by Stuart Hall; a documentation of thirteen of Adjaye's most
important projects, over half of which are published here in full for the first
time, presented through descriptions, detailed plans, and photographs; a series
of visual essays that highlight the tactile, luminous, and luxurious nature of
Adjaye's work; and essays from cultural critics who have been inspired by his
buildings. 430 illustrations, 162 in color.