First off you should be warned this is a massive book. You can not take it with you. You can not put it on your bookshelf. It is destined for the coffee table. It is the most comprehensive Hadid book to date - by far. Nothing comes close to covering the amount of projects, interviews, and concepts. Given the books size and full page photos, what becomes strangely apparent is the sloppiness of Hadid's detailing, especially on early projects. You really see the marred edges of concrete, kinks in the poured forms, missed connections. It's almost as if an architecture practice this heavy on concept can't be bothered to figure out control joints, reveals, and drainage.
This is actually an asset for the book. I think too often we obsess over postage sized renderings of unbuilt work. Well, here (some) of the work is built, and the images are so large that there is no way to hide the imperfections. Case in point - Hadid's "Landscape formation 1" - the curves aren't entirely smooth. Actually they are rather kinked by the formwork used to pour the concrete. The edges are marred by use, broken away because a chamfered edge wasn't specified. Concrete and glass come together rather abruptly, with no frame, no insulation, no standard practice of architecture considered. The actual book, however, is well constructed, researched, and would no doubt be the slickest addition to your coffee table possible. It's a book you look at (not in but really AT) when you walk by. It has a presence in the room. Opening it means clearing your schedule for a while.
a weighty tome in every sense, although text repeated via translation helps to pad it out, the visual content is worth the silly low amazon price. watch the postman struggle and curse you to deliver it. amazing value, book as coffee table, unique