Urbanism Urban font: Number House

Published on June 25th, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse

Novum: Urban alphabets – writing in the landscape

In the new Novum a surprising article on the relation between landscape and alphabets.

Since man can read and write, he has a compulsive need to dress his surroundings with letters. Graffiti on walls, signs on shops, instructions on the pavement, billboards on walls. Letters anywhere, in an urban setting.
But sometimes this need surpasses the ordinary. This is the case with The Number House, by Japanese architect Mitsumo Matsunami or MMA Design. Matsunami uses a bold concrete font in this architectural opus – four simple digits that define the neighbourhood: “from the moment it was finished, the neighbours immediately accepted ‘The Number House’ as the omnipresent reference project for the whole district.’ Characters to add character to this mass-produced ready-built house.   Smart.

More / photo:  MMA Design

Source:
Novum, World of Graphic Design
Nr 07/13
Language: German / English
82 pages

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Vincent Jobse is a Dutch design addict, who fully enjoys the pleasures of the web, but who loves print on pure, old-fashioned paper.



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