This richly illustrated survey, bound in an elegant portable format, profiles the most architecturally distinguished new houses from around the globe. Features 300 color photographs and 150 black-and-white architectural drawings.
The diversity of the fifty-five houses featured in this photo-packed volume, by architects like Alvaro Siza, Tony Fretton, Hild und K, Jim Jennings Architecture, and Souto Moura Architects, demonstrates that the single-family home continues to play a pivotal role as a means of architectural expression and experimentation in the new millennium. These structures, all designed, commenced, or completed in the past four years, range from Tucson’s Campbell Cliffs, a 25,000-square-foot mansion that reimagines Frank Lloyd Wright’s classic prairie style on a massive scale, to the Living Room in Gelnhausen, Germany, a house-cum-artwork whose living room can slide from the facade like a drawer to become a balcony!
Author Jonathan Bell, an experienced architecture journalist, divides the book into four chapters that correspond to the main trends he discerns in the featured buildings: The House in the Landscape” presents houses that stand alone in the landscape as architectural statements in the grand Modernist tradition; New Urban Sites” highlights homes that fit into a larger architectural fabric; Pragmatic Solutions” focuses on designs for livable, affordable, and environmentally sustainable housing; and The Future” surveys architects’ varying visions of tomorrow’s house. The case studies of individual houses within these chapters include not only the architects’ own plans and elevations but also a generous number of full-color interior and exterior photographs—some 300 in all. Useful supplementary features, including an introduction that illuminates the present state of residential architecture and project credits that include contact informlĂ[