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expensive but worth it
on 28 January 2012
There are a huge number of books of nice looking modern houses and interiors. This is actually a really good one.
It features around thirty architect designed houses from around the world. The houses have apparently mainly already appeared in the architectural press. The houses represent a diverse and international selection, all are well photographed. There are some sketches and plans, with each house having a few pages devoted to it. The houses have also been grouped into broad themes, with each theme being thoughtfully introduced. Although the book was published in 2004, it still holds up well as a thoughtful analysis of how we live and might live. I particularly liked the Rem Koolhaas house for someone new to a wheelchair, the crescent shaped house that was in Grand Designs and the cliff top house like a lens in the landscape,
It is very slightly over-designed, with some text at right angles and captions in a faint gray font that was hard to read. Although the book is a paperback, it comes with a firm slipcover, remove the slipcover and the book has a plain white cover with the title on the spine.
The final section features some unbuilt projects, but otherwise it is stunning photos and insightful text all the way. The fact that the author was an anthropologist adds an interesting spin to the text, she is clearly more interested in people than architectural theory, which is most welcome.
Phaidon books are always really well produced, this is a hefty book, good quality paper stock, nice design, no typos, good text, expensive but worth it.