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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King; Reprint edition (3 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780670257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780670256
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Bell writes about architecture and design for Wallpaper*, Blueprint and Grafik. He is co-editor of things magazine and his recent books include The Transformable House, Carchitecture, Penthouse Living and 21st Century House. Ellie Stathaki is Deputy Architecture Editor at Wallpaper* magazine. She has contributed to Blueprint, Financial Times and The Guardian, as well as the book 1,000 Buildings You Must See Before You Die.

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This book consists of several examples of houses that follow the same aesthetics. It is well-written,has lots of sketches,photos and plans and it is full of ideas. Good quality of paper and a decent layout. It's only small defect it gets a little monotonous.
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By Pen Name on 4 May 2014
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Great book to add to my immense collection. Inspirational for anyone with an interest in architecture and design or not. Would make just as good a coffee table book?
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A fine residential architecture sampler 10 Jan. 2012
By JLS - Published on Amazon.com
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The New Modern House is a fine sampler of modern residential architecture. The book contains 50 projects located around the world and separated into rural, suburban and urban typologies. Each project contains some nice photographs and a summary, and occasionally there are sketches from the architect. But sadly, and what makes this book a sampler, and not a comprehensive guide, is that the book could easily have been longer, with more detail added to each project. Some of the projects are more complex and warrant more detail, even just the basic floor plans or a section would give a greater understanding. Some projects look very interesting, but appear basically as a tease, when they only provide one photo and no drawings. What architect wouldn't want to see drawings? Don't leave out a section if the project contains 6+ levels imbedded in a hillside!

On the bright note, as it is more of a sampler, it gives you a great springboard to find more detail online, such as archdaily.com, where I saw the book reviewed. As the houses are all significant enough to be published in the book, they are probably significant enough to appear on Archdaily, whose greater detail in pictures, drawings and sketches, will allow for a greater understanding of the projects.

In summary, the book is like a holiday basket, and you received cheese, sausage and spread, but they didn't give you crackers. It can't stand alone at a party, but with a little extra from another source, it will be a delightful contribution.
Interesting photos, short on drawings 11 April 2013
By Roger M Lang - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice pictures, but if you want to understand the designs more deeply the book comes up short, needing more drawings to explain the solutions.
beautiful book 12 Feb. 2013
By Kate K. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a gorgeous coffee table book. The images are interesting, and I love the inclusion of sketches. It shows you a sample of amazing homes in different areas, and my only criticism is that I wish it went into more detail per project. With a little more information, it could be really helpful resource for people who are building or renovating their own modern houses. That aside, anyone who loves modern residential architecture will love this book. And since it's so beautiful, it makes a great gift.
Not bad. Wouldn't hurt to get a 2nd hand one 5 Nov. 2014
By DLIN - Published on Amazon.com
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Not bad. Wouldn't hurt to get a 2nd hand one
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