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Richard Neutra: Complete Works (Architecture & Design) [Hardcover]

Barbara Lamprecht
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24 Nov 2000 Architecture & Design
All of Richard Neutra's works gathered together in one volume Originally from Vienna, Richard Neutra came to America early in his career, settling in California. His influence on post-war architecture is undisputed, the sunny climate and rich landscape being particularly suited to his cool, sleek modern style. Neutra had a keen appreciation for the relationship between people and nature; his trademark plate glass walls and ceilings which turn into deep overhangs have the effect of connecting the indoors with the outdoors. Neutra's ability to incorporate technology, aesthetic, science, and nature into his designs brought him to the forefront of Modernist architecture. For the first time, all of Neutra's works (nearly 300 private homes, schools, and public buildings) are gathered together in one volume, illustrated by over 1000 photographs, including those of Julius Shulman and other prominent photographers.


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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (24 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822866229
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822866221
  • Product Dimensions: 47 x 33 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,741,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's worth its weight in wood.... This is a truly beautiful book." - LA Weekly, Los Angeles" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Barbara Lamprecht writes on and teaches architectural history, concentrating on Modernism, and practices architecture, specializing in sustainability and small spaces. She contributes to Dwell, The Architectural Review, Architecture, Architectural Record and Fine Homebuilding. She is also the author of TASCHEN's Neutra: Complete Works. Peter Gossel runs a practice for the design of museums and exhibitions. He is the editor of TASCHEN's monographs on Julius Shulman, R. M. Schindler, John Lautner and Richard Neutra, as well as the editor of the Basic Architecture Series. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any modernist 14 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
get into the spirit and the genius that is Richard Neutra, California modernism's greatest architect. This is the first book to bring together the complete works of Neutra (nearly 300 priate homes and buildings) sporting an extra-large format and a wooden cover, not to mention over 1000 photo's including those by architectures greatest photographer, Julius Shulman (see books such as Modernism rediscovered, Julius Shulman Architecture and its photograghy and Julius Shulman The Portfolio). A must have for any modernist!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing "Complete Works" by Taschen 24 Feb 2011
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Another amazing "Complete Works" by Taschen

Richard Neutra's works are listed in chronological order according to the year in which they were completed.
Chapels, houses, hotels, school buildings, planetaria and the US embassy in Pakistan, each
architectural marvel is described with a floor plan, some B&W photos and a rare color photo (about 1 in 10 photos is color).
My personal favourites are;
USA - the 1947 Edgar Kaufman in Palm Springs
Europe - the 1961 Rang house in Konigstein - Germany.
There's an appendix listing all the houses and maps of Europe and the USA with the locations of the buildings described in the book. An epilogue by photographer Julius Shulman completes this definitive book on one of the masters of Modernism...

Hopefully Taschen is planning a similar work on John Lautner

Philip Corneille
Belgium - Croatia
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By JanBE
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I had higher expectations on the photographic material in this book. Images are beautiful but the majority of them are too small and they do not take advantage of the large format of this book. I also expected more interior images. I have the impression that the large format was chosen because they needed to cram in text in 3 different languages. There is a descent amount of information for each project but I found the font size to be too small. I like the fact that they mention the construction cost (back then) of many of the projects but it would have been nice if they'd also mentionned today's construction cost. Book cover has the appearance of real wood but isn't.

In my oppinion this book serves as a good reference book but it is a very poor coffee table or picture book.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LUXURY EDITION CONTAINING ALL WORKS OF GREAT MODERNIST MASTE 17 Jan 2001
By "natalierinkenbach" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This luxe volume traces the entire career of the great Richard Neutra (1892 - 1970), whose work symbolizes Modernist splendor in all its glory. Highly acclaimed for his designs of California residences, Neutra is one of the most important architects of the century and well deserving of this stunning tribute.
Originally from Vienna, Neutra came to America early in his career, settling on the West Coast. His influence on post-war architecture is undisputed, the sunny climate and rich landscape of California being a particularly suitable setting for his cool, sleek modern style. Neutra had a keen appreciation of the relationship between people and nature and his trademark plate glass walls and ceilings which turn into deep overhangs effectively connect the indoors with the outdoors. His ability to incorporate technology, aesthetics, science, and nature into his designs brought him to the forefront of Modernist architecture.
For the first time, all of Neutra's works (nearly 300 private homes, schools, and public buildings) are gathered together in one volume, illustrated with over 1,000 photographs, including those of Julius Shulman and other prominent photographers. This is the essential reference book for fans of Neutra's work.
The horizontal 11.5" x 16" format shows the buildings to extraordinarily good advantage. This special volume with a blond wood cover is both an architecture lover's and book collector's dream.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original, deluxe version or smaller reprint? 4 Nov 2011
By Steve Schuh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The original, deluxe version of this work Richard Neutra: Complete Works (Architecture & Design Architecture & Design S.)(ISBN 3822866229), published in June 2000, was 360 pages and a whopping 18.5" x 13", bound with a real wood cover. It is out-of-print, and the cheapest copy on Amazon today is $445 (used $230).

The much reduced-in-size reprint (ISBN 3836512440) was published in October 2010 to celebrate Taschen's 25th anniversary. It has 100 pages more than the original but is only 13.3" x 10.3". Amazon price today is $44.09 new. The cover title is in a sans-serif, Neutra-esque font. I believe the only difference in content is the size of the photos, but I'd appreciate some confirmation on that.

Unfortunately, reader reviews for one edition are also posted under the other, and the Amazon price table on the original's page includes reprints. So, beware! Reviews posted before October 2010 are obviously for the earlier work. And if you're purchasing an original edition, you'll probably want to ensure you're not paying several hundred for a reprint.

But either way, it's an excellent book highlighting an amazing career. Enjoy!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Architectural Art 13 Jan 2001
By XYZeus - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is awesome for a fan of 20th century architectural design. Even if you just enjoy good design, you'd appreciate the history and the photographs of this great master's work. The fact that the book is so oversized is a conversation piece in itself reflecting the treasure it holds inside. The cover is made out of actual hardwood, the text is written in English, German and French and most all the photographs are black and white. A true treasure for any collector.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great architecture books! 8 July 2002
By Ted Wells - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Barbara Lamprecht and Julius Shulman have created one the great architecture books about this leading figure of 20th century modernism. As a fan of Lamprecht's excellent writing, the text in this book is, of course, excellent---full of information, opinion and wit. The depth of information provided, including floor plans, is rare in an architectural photo book. Shulman's photos (and some by the new architectural photo star--John Ellis) are superb. The very large format of this book shows off the beautiful buildings to their best advantage. The real wood cover seems a bit odd for a book on Neutra, but it certainly is handsomely impressive. Though [the price] is a a lot for a book, this one's worth it. Buy it now. The second edition might not be so large and impressive, and certainly won't be made of wood!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelming 28 Feb 2011
By Sanoskai - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Nuetra's work, especially since I am a fan of Mid-century arechitecture and furniture design. So when I found this book and at the price that it was, I had to add it to my collection. I actually read every book that goes into my library and I have to say this book is overwhelming. It is one of the most comprehensive literatures of an architects work and life that I have ever seen and I guarrantee anyone who loves Nuetra, architecture, and the mid-century will be pleased.
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