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Architects' Sketchbook VI: Shigeru Ban

Simple and instructive sketches of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, France are the latest extracts from a new book that documents the creative process of designers

‘Ban’s sketches for the design are simple and instructive. They perhaps lack the finesse or artistic flair of some other architects’ designs but instead focus on how the design will work - details such as the type of forms to be created, circulation of visitors, sight lines and sun paths.’

‘Ban’s sketches, though, concentrate on the galleries, the site plan and how the weather - sun and wind - will influence the visitors’ experience of the site…the sketches forgo artistic dedication in favour of a basic diagrammatic style that quickly delivers the desired message.’

Architects Sketchbook: Enter our competition to win one of five copies

Architects’ Sketchbooks edited by Will Jones is published by Thames & Hudson (RRP £29.95) -  to order your copy at the AJ special price of £22.95 including UK mainland delivery (overseas costs available on request) please call Littlehampton Book Services on 01903 828503, quoting “TH127”. Offer is subject to availability.

The AJ has five copies to give away - to enter the free prize draw simply email your sketch of a built orunbuilt project tosimon.hogg@emap.com by March 31.

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