The Big Letter Hunt: London
An Architectural A-Z Around the City
Take a tour of London from A to Z, searching for giant letters hidden throughout the city. This architectural treasure hunt winds its way past London’s landmark buildings and architectural gems, such as the British Museum, the Barbican, and the modernist Brunswick Centre. Letters also appear in the skyscrapers, on tube stations, and in the detailing of windows and facades. Printed in a colorful and bold graphic style, and accompanied by quirky facts about the buildings and their design, this book is perfect for all architecture and design fans. Plus, the book includes a map to follow the hunt, and the jacket folds out into an A Z poster to hang on the wall!
There are a lot of books about London for children. There are few – I’d say none – as well-conceived and beautifully produced as this. This is a book which makes you change the relationship between you and your children and the environment you move through together. The underpinning concept, that letters are shapes and can be found in buildings everywhere is both ludic and aesthetic. It builds letter-shaped bridges between children and adults. And once you’ve looked at London this way, all spaces, urban and rural, will look different to young and old alike. Amazon customer
Big Letter Hunt: London – An Architectural A to Z Around the City, by Rute Nieto Ferreira and Amandine Alessandra, published by Batsford Books, July 2016.