Creating the New American Townhouse

Overview

Once the bastion of the haute bourgeoisie, the town house has now been embraced by families with young children, single urban professionals, and retired couples, all looking for more comfortable city or suburban living. Architect Alexander Gorlin explores a spectacular array of diverse town house designs (often referred to by different terms in different parts of the country) that carry this familiar symbol of architectural innovation and refinement into the twenty-first century. Creating the New American Town ...
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Overview

Once the bastion of the haute bourgeoisie, the town house has now been embraced by families with young children, single urban professionals, and retired couples, all looking for more comfortable city or suburban living. Architect Alexander Gorlin explores a spectacular array of diverse town house designs (often referred to by different terms in different parts of the country) that carry this familiar symbol of architectural innovation and refinement into the twenty-first century. Creating the New American Town House features cutting-edge town houses that each draw from architectural tradition while achieving originality by both breaking from and adhering to the limitations of the town house form. Within the typical five-story frame and two parallel walls presented here are ingenious and exquisite and, above all, extremely livable design solutions to the constraints of this classic housing type.
Ranging from sites in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, each of the buildings featured in Creating the New American Town House represents an eloquent contribution to the form and is designed by such celebrated architects as Steven Ehrlich, Hugh Newell Jacobson, Stanley Saitowitz, and 1100 Architect. Each project is extensively illustrated with full-color photography that showcases the interior design as well as plans and drawings. Alexander Gorlin’s insightful text continues the discourse begun in his The New American Town House, surveying the adaptation of this beloved urban dwelling to the demands of a new century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847827121
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 12.41 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Gorlin, a New York—based architect, is a winner of the Rome Prize in Architecture and has taught at Yale University and at Cooper Union. He is the subject of Rizzoli’s Alexander Gorlin: Buildings and Projects and the author of The New American Town House, also published by Rizzoli.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Advice from the Architect 9
David Salle Town House 18
Calvert Street Town House 28
Town House with Six Walls 36
Historic Town House 44
Duane Street Town House 52
Village Town House 60
Doblin Town House 66
New York Town House 74
Bay City/Abbott Kinney Town Houses 86
Park Presidio Town House 94
Greenwich Village Town House 100
Soma Town House 106
Krakoff Town House 114
Upper West Side Town House 124
Yerba Buena Town Houses 130
Merrin Town House 138
Chelsea Gallery and Town House 144
Vertical Town House 152
Reyna Town House 158
Reade Street Town House 164
Old Town Town House 170
1110 Green Street Town House 176
West Side Town House 184
Titan Town Houses 190
Chicago Town House 194
Georgetown Town House 204
West Village Town House 210
States Street Town House 216
East 55th Street Town Houses 220
Cannery Town Houses 226
Perry Street Town House 232
Project Credits 238
Photography Credits 240
Acknowledgments 240
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