Architecture illustrated.


What better way to learn about design than via a book that’s well designed? In Who Built That? Modern Houses (Princeton Architectural Press), Didier Cornille combines witty text with charming illustrations to take you on a tour through ten of the most important modern houses in the world.

The Eames House, aka Case Study House #8, by Charles and Ray Eames.

From the Schröder House (1924) by Gerrit Rietveld to the Farnsworth House (1951) by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to the Straw House (2002) by Wigglesworth and Till, you’ll be treated to an intimate look inside these innovative structures while also learning about the architects who designed them.


The book also explores “how each architect invented a new way of creating buildings,” says Cornille, who introduces readers to Jean Prouvé’s pioneering work in prefab and Le Corbusier’s technique of Dom-ino, which was his name for repeating shapes made from reinforced concrete. To celebrate how architects can use smart design to solve tough problems, Cornille tells the story of the Bordeaux House by Rem Koolhaas, who created a moving room for an immobile homeowner.


Who Built That is certain to inspire you to start doodling ideas for your next house and rethinking the built world around you. The book is a celebration of architects Gerrit, Corbu, FLLW, Eames, Ludwig, Shigeru, Koolhaas, Wigglesworth and Till (perhaps Cornille’s next title will be Who Named Them?).

To purchase the book, go to Princeton Architectural Press.

Based in Paris, Didier Cornille is an author, illustrator and professor, as well as a product and furniture designer.