- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Monacelli Press; 1st Edition edition (Jun. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580930905
- ISBN-13: 978-1580930901
- Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 2.6 x 31.1 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,417,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Edwin Lutyens: Country Houses Hardcover – Jun 2001
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The book provides a record of the work of a major turn-of-the-nineteenth century architect whose work built on the ideas of Norman Shaw and Phillip Webb, proponents of a return to vernacular 'Home County' elements in built forms. Luytens' designs for exterior elevations are considered to be both referential to traditional forms and creative and fresh. He was not wedded to a particular 'look'; rather he was interested in volumes and presence in his structures. In keeping with the spirit of the times, he also planned to fit the built form to its landscape.
Had this book included plan views showing how spaces worked together or had each project been presented more completely in photographs of the exteriors, I would have given the book 5 stars. Of course, 'Country Life' would not have intruded so comprehensively on the privacy of the residents of these mansions and Stamp has had to be content to work within the limitations of his sources.
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