Out of the Box

Out of the Box

13 Spatial Configurations

A unique visual tour through the work of Zurich and Los Angeles-based firm agps, organized by 13 keywords: Object in Space, Framing, Buffer, Conglomerate, Linear, Under the Roof, Going Around, Hidden, Hovering, Blurred, Sequential, Void, Sculpted



Title Information

Edited by agps, Manuel Scholl, Marc Angélil, Sarah Graham. Text by Sabine von Fischer

1st edition

, 2022


294 pages, 123 color and 33 b/w photographs and plans

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-264-4


A truly unique perspective on their own work: Swiss-American architectural studio agps, with offices in Zurich and Los Angeles, has delved deep into their archive and woven a visual thread of some 160 illustrations that guides readers through this new book. Literally Out of the Box, from archival box and model crates, models, model photos, small hand-drawn studies, visualizations, but also photographs of realized buildings have re-emerged, covering agps’ entire work of decades of practice.

The images are organized according to 13 keywords: spatial configurations that characterize agps' core design concepts and summarize central elements of their ideas. At the same time, they are terms that define the formal presence of their designs. The result is a multifaceted and inspiring insight into the work of an international firm that proves just how important spatial constellations are for the formulation of good architecture. Essays by Sabine von Fischer as well as by Marc Angélil and Cary Siress, along with an index of all featured buildings and projects, round off this unique volume.


Manuel Scholl is a partner at agps in Zurich and was Professor of Urban Design at Leibniz University in Hanover 2009–2014.


Sarah Graham is a founding partner at apgs in Los Angeles. She has taught as adjunct professor at University of Southern California in Los Angeles and as visiting professor at Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of California Berkeley, and Nanjing University in China. She is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


Marc Angélil is a founding partner at agps in Zurich and taught as professor of architecture and design at ETH Zurich 1994–2019. He has also taught as visiting professor at University of Southern California in Los Angeles and is currently Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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