Van Alen Books

Note: Van Alen Institute’s storefront space is currently closed for construction. We look forward to welcoming the public into the Institute’s new street-level workspace and public venue in late 2014.

Van Alen Books is an architecture and design bookstore, event space and public reading room located at Van Alen Institute’s headquarters in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. Opened in April 2011, this highly visible storefront space is New York City’s only book emporium and gathering place devoted singularly to architecture and design publications.

30 West 22nd Street, ground floor
New York, NY 10010

Best-Selling Design Books (January)


Irma Boom: The Architecture of the Book Add to My Reading List

Irma Boom
Introduction by Rem Koolhaas
Text by Mathieu Lommen

A revised and updated reprint of the Irma Boom miniature monograph Biography in Books (2010) in two formats: a miniature book and an XXL edition.


CLOG: Unpublished Add to My Reading List


At a moment when new forms of publication are emerging and disrupting traditional models it is time to analyze what is being published, why it's being published, and to examine what is being left out of the conversation.


EP Volume 1 Add to My Reading List

Alex Coles Editor

This book emphasizes the multiple correspondences between well-known radical design groups like Arte Povera, Archizoom, and Superstudio, and figures such as Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini, and previously overlooked spaces, works, and performances generated by Zoo, Gruppo 9999, and Cavart.


Formless: Storefront for Art and Architecture Manifesto Series, Vol. 1 Add to My Reading List

Garrett Ricciardi Editor

Struggles to escape form as a manifestation of various norms and constraints are as old as architecture itself. But the formless is also increasingly in the air today and implicitly in talk of atmospheric buildings, randomized structures, and the dematerialization of architecture.


Building Together: Chipperfield Dudler, Gigon/Guyer Add to My Reading List

J. Christopher Bürkle Editor
Alexander Bonte Editor

In the center of Zürich, three renowned architecture firms have designed four individual commercial buildings that form an ensemble, rather than a megacomplex. This publication documents this extraordinary collaboration, with photographs, sketches and essays.

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