This year’s submissions included several that look specifically at themes associated with the Netherlands, such as air, light, and public space and its management. This excellently laid out book is a beautiful example of the last of these: a well-executed survey of the problems attendant on life in a land of water and waterways. Its excellent cartography and infographics, ingenious reference aids such as a sophisticated vertical depth scale up against the fore-edge, robust editing and careful design all contribute to make it accessible to a broad audience. It may seem easy, but this is quite complex material, and it is also many-levelled down to the smallest detail – though the panel did wonder what the added value of some of the subheads was.

The superb photographs are beautifully printed on uncoated paper, making this almost a photobook. In terms of design the cover departs somewhat from the tone of the interior, but thanks to (among other things) the fine ‘watery-looking’ metallic cover material one is easily seduced into picking the book up and opening it – despite its weight.


Author Marinke Steenhuis, Paul Meurs

Year 2017

Language English / Nederlands; translated by Vivien Reid, Clare Wilkinson

Edited by Bookmakers

Publisher nai010 uitgevers, Rotterdam

Designer Beukers Scholma, Haarlem (photography by Tineke Dijkstra, Siebe Swart; cartography and infographics by Mijs Cartografie en Vormgeving)

Prepress NPN Drukkers, Breda

Printer NPN Drukkers, Breda

Binder Boekbinderij Abbringh, Groningen

Size 240 x 300 x 22

Number of pages 256 p.

Print run 4,250

Price € 39.95

ISBN 978 94 6208 383 7 (NL), 978 94 6208 402 5 (e-boek) / 978 94 6208 384 4 (ENG), 978 94 6208 403 2 (e-book)

Font Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk (Linotype Foundry), Wilson (The Foundry)

Binding style sewn hardback with flat spine

Material 150gsm Edixion Offset (Antalis) (interior); 150gsm Edixion Offset (Antalis) (endpapers); 130gsm Gmund Cover Metallic Micro 704 Color 001/B1 (Gebr. Schabert & Co) over 2 mm grey board (binding)