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Barn [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Fi McGhee , John Pawson
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Book Description

22 Nov 2002
A photographic record by British-based photographer Fi McGhee of John Pawson's conversion of a 17th-century Dutch barn in Essex into a studio and family home. The book documents the five-year process of deconstruction and reconstruction involved with the building's renovation, and charts the way that Pawson's much documented "minimalist" philosophy combined with McGhee's own practical needs as a photographer.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Booth-Clibborn Editions (22 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861540035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861540034
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 12.1 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 628,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not architecture, just a family album 24 Jun 2001
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Although the word architecture is prominently displayed on the cover, this is not architectural. The reconstruction of this barn-house is well photographed but without any plans or architectural information (there is only a minimalist dust speck floor plan in the first pages) It does not even have text save dust cover info and dedication. It is another, albeit well photographed, family photo album made public. You can see the relevant photos in oder architectural publications and the rest are: close up of horse ear and hide and pretty somebody else's kids. I fell into the trap.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Define minimalist 13 Jun 2001
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Maybe I can only give this one star because it did not meet my expectations. I pictured a documentary-like story via photos of the rebuilding of an old barn into a home. This book is trying to be a little too artsy (for my taste) & takes minimalist to extreme. No writing at all - B & W photos, some blurry. What has a naked toddler to do with any of this? Its a tiny book to boot. If you like extreme artsy stuff with little content beyond what I've described, hey, go for it. I'm returning the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barn 23 May 2011
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John Pawson and Fi McGhee's BARN provides an atmospheric look at the transformation of a derelict barn into a modern living and working space. It is a tiny book, with very few words. Instead of words, McGhee's crisp, black-and-white photos are used to provide considerable detail of the gradual process of reclaiming a nearly-lost old building. In the end, the rebuilt building is a striking blend of old and new - at least, new in the sense of Pawson's clean, minimalist approach to design. Clearly, Pawson and McGhee never intended to provide an instructional, how-to book - although an alert, imaginative reader could learn a lot from this book. I think BARN is a very beautiful book, and I have returned to it again and again for years.
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