DAM Architectural Book Awards 2019


DAM Architectural Book Awards 2019We are very pleased to inform you that our Book 'Bovenbouw Architectuur. Living the Exotic Everyday' was laureate of the DAM Architectural Book Awards 2019 in the category of Architect monograph. With texts of Sofie De Caigny, Dirk Somers, Maarten Van Den Driessche and Bart Verschaffel.

The prize, unique in its kind and now highly regarded, honours the best architectural books of a year. 100 architectural and art book publishers from all over the world accepted the joint invitation to participate. A jury made up of external experts and representatives of DAM met to select the year’s ten best architectural books from 227 entries. They based their decision on criteria such as design, content, quality of material and finishing, innovation, and topicality.

DAM Architectural Book Awards 2019 - 2Jury statement: This book represents a monograph of the young Belgian architecture firm “Bovenbouw”, which was founded by Dirk Somers in 2011. With barely 200 pages, the 24-by-16-centimeter, soft-covered book is very handy in size. In both its design and content, it comprises two parts that are made evident by a change in paper. In the first part, matt-coated white paper is used for the descriptions of the studio’s projects, while the second part uses uncoated, cream-colored paper and supplies a text section on Bovenbouw’s ideas and approaches.
The structure of the project pages is clear and carefully thought out: Two thirds of a page is given over to large-format photos and visualizations, with additional depth of color provided by a UV coating. Meanwhile, in the narrow third of each project page – which does not bear the UV coating – there are short project descriptions and planning sketches. In the second part of the book, a “Compilation of Texts”, the division of the pages into two thirds and one third is continued. The typography makes it pleasant to read and is by no means a graphic gimmick. The jury particularly appreciates the subtle correlation between the publication and the studio’s architecture.
As with Bovenbouw’s architectural projects, it often takes a second look to fully grasp the sophistication of the clever designs that the architects weave into Belgium’s everyday architecture with the utmost sensitivity. Indeed this monograph, which radiates a rather pleasing humility, reveals numerous carefully considered details waiting to be discovered for those who take the time. (Adeline Seidel)