Space Museum and Heliport, International Fairgrounds, Tripoli, Lebanon, 2010


Form precedes function in this breathtaking archive of nearly 200 illustrations of modern architecture by award-winning photographer Nicolas Grospierre. At once a reference work and a personal exploration of modernist architecture, this fascinating collection of Nicolas Grospierre’s photography covers structures built between 1920 and 1989 in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia.

Derived from his popular blog, A Subjective Atlas of Modern Architecture, the images form a sequence dictated by the forms of the buildings, creating in this way a flow of architectural shapes. Grospierre’s photographs reveal how modernist architecture is the embodiment of political and social ideologies, especially in public institutions such as banks, churches, libraries and government buildings.  While many of the buildings in this archive often go unrecognized, their forms are prominent in the landscape of modern civilization. Grospierre’s keen eye and enthusiasm for the mundane as well as the sublime will motivate readers to look at the buildings around them in new and exciting ways. 

Nicolas Grospierre was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale for his joint exhibition in the Polish Pavilion with Kobas Laksa. His photographs are exhibited in major cities around the world.

Nicolas Grospierre’s Modern Forms. A Subjective Atlas of 20th Century Architecture, was edited by Alona Pardo and Elias Redstone, with contributions by Alona Pardo, Elias Redstone, and Adam Mazur, and published by Prestel Publishing, London, in 2016.


Organ Console, Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta, Georgia, 2013


Cross-City Line Powiśle Station Lower Entrance, Warsaw, Poland, 2004


 Teheran City Theatre, Tehran, Iran, 2015


 Institute of Scientific Research and Development, Kiev, Ukraine, 2012


“Spodek” Sports Hall, Katowice, Poland, 2014


 Abandoned solar radiotelescope, Crimean Laser Observatory,
Katsiveli, Crimea, Russia, 2012



Concert Shell, Gdynia, Poland, 2002


 National Museum of the Republic, Brasília, Brazil, 2008


Experimental Theatre, International Fairgrounds, Tripoli, Lebanon, 2010


“Urania” Sports Hall, Olsztyn, Poland, 2005


Arena” Multi-purpose Hall, Poznan, Poland, 2005


Legia Stadium ticket booth, Warsaw, Poland, 2004


“Rannapere” retirement home, Haabneeme, Estonia, 2014

Words & Photography Nicolas Grospierre