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.
Novum, World of Graphic Design
Language: German / English