Animal Architecture, Hardback
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In Animal Architecture, Ingo Arndt explores marvels of nature with spectacular imagery, showcasing the complex and elegant structures that animals create both for shelter and for capturing prey.

Arndt's photographs display wonders such as the colourful mating arenas of bowerbirds in West Papua and the fantastic nests created by ants in Africa.

Studio photographs supplement the images from Arndt's journey and offer close-up views of the nests, mounds and webs constructed by the animals.

Features both breathtaking photography and scientific insight into animal behavior.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages, 120 4-colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Individual photographers
  • ISBN: 9781419711657



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I didn't quite know what this book would include when I reserved it at my library. I had just watched a PBS documentary showcasing the Bowerbird. I assumed it would be something along those lines. The photographer was spectacular, but I was hoping for a few more photos. There are tons more architectural amazement out there from all sorts of animals. (I remember seeing more from the documentary, for which this book has nothing to do with.) However, it was one photographer doing all of this work, so I completely understand that this project was a grand undertaking.The research of each animal was informative. It didn't delve too much into each one in particular, rather, it highlighted the more ingenious designs from unexpected critters.My favorite section was Corals, Bivalves, and Snails. I didn't realize that they were all made of limestone. I also had no idea that Darwin discovered why coral goes thousands of feet deep into the ocean yet is only living at the top. The photographs were intricate, and simple. It really showcased each nest, shell, and reef throughout each page. It would make a great coffee table book. One that I would pick up and look at from time to time, for sure. Nature is fascinating.