Wandering into Architext as an architecture aficionado, I think I’ve just died and gone to a complex and highly conceptual structural idea of heaven. Enter into Architext: the bookshop for architects, a beautiful specialty shop located on the grounds of Tusculum Villa in Potts Point. Full of books and magazines on architecture and design, the shop is open for not only those who specialise in architecture, but also for anyone who wants a good book to flick through.

With technical and theoretical local and international books, Architext can definitely help you locate whatever architecture book you desire. A hidden gem that is also found in Melbourne, this is the place to go to if you’re after architectural, art and classic architectonic books.

Architext book store

You’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to a highly conceptual structural idea of heaven when you enter into Architext: the specialty bookshop for architects

If you’re after books on environmental architecture, urban design, photography, theory, journals and magazines, then Architext is the best place to visit! Supporting the architectural community for over 25 years, Architext aim to provide books to those who are interested in good building, urban and housing designs or simply, the latest design trends for Australian and international landscape architecture.

As Australia’s only specialist architectural bookshop, the stores in both Melbourne and Sydney are owned and operated by the Australian Institute of Architects. Architectural talks are held on Tuesday evenings at the theatre, and is open to the general public.

This year, Architext was involved in the 2014 National Architecture Conference in May, having showcased a broad range of titles to design professionals at the Perth-based Conference. The Conference examines the different approaches to architectural excellence that aim to challenge the norm, be they cultural, economic, social and political environment challenges.

The Conference is a good initiative to promote the vast impact architecture plays on our everyday lives. If you’re thinking of Alain de Botton’s book The Architecture of Happiness as we are right now, then we all have something to learn from architecture!

Get your architectural fix and mosey over to Tusculum Villa to find a good book to devour at Architext! Or if you feel like purchasing a book online, check out their website.


by Nicole Knuckey

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