Crystal Palace

London 1851, Sir Joseph Paxton

Amid the historicist debates and ‘battle of the styles’ of mid-19th-century Britain, the Crystal Palace was significant in being the first public building not to refer to the past. Paxton’s glass-and-iron palace for the Great Exhibition was a masterpiece of prefabrication, which provoked a contemporary commentator to remark: ‘the Crystal Palace is a revolution in architectural form, from which a new style will date.’

‘The Architecture in Detail series is without question one of the most beautifully illustrated and well-documented collections of monographs on individual buildings produced anywhere in the world.’
— Jury of the American Institute of Architects, 1995
Crystal Palace
Winner of the Series Award, American Institute of Architects International Architecture Book Awards, 1996, 1997 and 1998
Series editor
David Jenkins
Mark Vernon-Jones
Phaidon Press

297 × 297mm
Pb c.20 colour
80 b&w illustrations

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