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Arcadian Architecture: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson-12 Houses

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The architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson believes that “the sensuality of place, the emotive qualities of materials, and the ability to give pleasure and insight, to comfort and to transport can produce humane and spirited architecture.” Whether designing corporate headquarters for Pixar Animation Studios, the Software Engineering Institute for Carnegie Mellon University, the new Apple Stores in New York, Chicago, and Tokyo, or the twelve wooded retreats shown in this book, the firm’s architecture is alive ...
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Overview

The architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson believes that “the sensuality of place, the emotive qualities of materials, and the ability to give pleasure and insight, to comfort and to transport can produce humane and spirited architecture.” Whether designing corporate headquarters for Pixar Animation Studios, the Software Engineering Institute for Carnegie Mellon University, the new Apple Stores in New York, Chicago, and Tokyo, or the twelve wooded retreats shown in this book, the firm’s architecture is alive to the subtleties of place, man-made or natural, and to the rich possibilities of materials and the means of construction.
The houses in Arcadian Architecture are exquisitely crafted of wood and stone and other natural materials, and are all sited within beautiful wooded, mountainous, or lakeside locales, from New York State to Washington State, and from the woods of Connecticut to the mountains of Montana. One of the highlights of this book is that it publishes, for the first time, the extraordinary, huge, extremely private and secluded, residential complex in Washington State that was built for Bill and Melinda Gates. Each house is presented on at least thirty pages, and is depicted by sumptuous new color photography, richly detailed conceptual sketches, presentation drawings, and construction documents.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) has emerged as one of today's leading architectural firms, earning prestigious awards for its private homes as well as its corporate and institutional buildings. In most commissions, BCJ stays with high-tech modernist orthodoxy, but with its rural and wilderness retreats for wealthy, sophisticated clients, the firm lets itself go a little wild. The 12 late 20th-century houses profiled here feature rough-cut stone, tree-trunk columns, cascades of boulders, and acres of wood paneling, all set off by magnificent views from porches, terraces, and expansive window walls. The titular adjective Arcadian seems an understatement: each house is tailored to its site and client's needs, but all share the same degree of meticulous detailing and commitment to modernist ideals, such as exposed structural elements, open floor plans, and artful asymmetry. Though brief introductory essays unconvincingly propose a back-to-nature aesthetic, the abundance of captioned photos, plans, elevations, and technical drawings will entrance and inform almost as much as a weekend guest's personal tour. Professional and academic collections wanting an update to Joseph Esherick's The Architecture of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson [o.p.] should consider.-David Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847826964
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 5/3/2005
  • Edition description: PACKAGE
  • Pages: 426
  • Sales rank: 1,152,595
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 15.00 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Oscar Riera Ojeda is the author of The New American House and Contemporary World Architects, and editor of several other volumes. Peter Bohlin is principal in the firm of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. James Cutler, formerly with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, now practices architecture in Washington State. Thomas Fisher is Dean of the College of Architecture at University of Minnesota, and former editor of Progressive Architecture magazine.
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