Foster + Partners, ARAG Tower, Prestel

Foster + Partners, ARAG Tower, Prestel

Upon completion of their new headquarters in Düsseldorf, German insurance company ARAG and their architects Foster and Partners decided to celebrate the building's completion with a limited edition book.

Rather than following the tradition of architectural publishing and telling the building's story through architectural drawings and photographs, Thomas Manss & Company designed a publication which takes a broader look at its subject. Four photographic essays by leading photographers, punctuate the chronology of the design and building process. The essays give rare insights into the building's hidden secrets as well as taking a humorous look at the way people have made it their 'home'. The photographs are presented as pieces of art uninterupted by text or captions. A caption page with thumbnails of the photographs can be found at the end of each picture section.

Client information

Foster + Partners

Founded in 1967 as Foster Associates and now known as Foster + Partners, for over four decades the studio has grown to become one of the largest and most respected in the world. Since its inception, the practice has received more than 400 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 70 international and national competitions.

Foster + Partners has a long a history of producing landmark buildings including the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, Swiss Re in the City of London, the Millennium Bridge, the New German Parliament at the Reichstag, the Great Court at the British Museum and Beijing Airport.

Thomas Manss & Company has collaborated with Foster + Partners on a number of projects ranging from identity and exhibition designs to creating a variety of architectural publications.

Prestel Verlag

With its list of titles in English and German, Prestel Publishing is one of the world's leading publishers in the fields of art, architecture, photography, design, cultural history, and ethnography. The company, founded in 1924, has its headquarters in Munich, offices in New York and London, and an international sales network.