An essential book on modern architecture: one hundred of the most significant houses of the past hundred years. From the first stirrings of modernity in the early twentieth century to the present, the house has served as a test bed of design experimentation, the place where architects have sought to create new forms and to offer new domestic lifestyles. Alvar Aalto, Buckminster Fuller, Rudolph Schindler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Eileen Gray, Charles and Ray Eames, ...
An essential book on modern architecture: one hundred of the most significant houses of the past hundred years.
From the first stirrings of modernity in the early twentieth century to the present, the house has served as a test bed of design experimentation, the place where architects have sought to create new forms and to offer new domestic lifestyles. Alvar Aalto, Buckminster Fuller, Rudolph Schindler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Eileen Gray, Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Gwathmey, Carlo Scarpa, Herzog & de Meuron: most great architects of the past hundred years have begun or catalyzed their careers with an iconic house.
The introduction looks at the historical and social motivations behind epoch-making residential architecture, showing in sidebars twenty of the most important early examples. Then eighty houses—sixty of which have been specially photographed—are presented chronologically. The text describes the all-important relationship between architecture and client, the physical context in which the house is set, and the pivotal role the house played in the development of the architect’s career and architecture in general.
Concise architect biographies and a list of key buildings accompany each house, while photographs and easy-to-read plans bring the words to life.
“A stunning array of the past century’s architectural masterpieces…. Tells the intimate stories of these remarkable buildings and their architects and clients. Informative texts, specially commissioned photographs, and a wealth of floor plans and drawings offer detailed documentation”
“Stunningly conveys a sense of momentum of the past century of architectural history…. Thrilling…”
“Intelligent text, several pages of photographs and what really sets this book apart: floor plans. A keeper.”
Wall Street Journal
“An insightful tour of 100 remarkably innovative houses designed during the past century by architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas.”
“A chronological survey of 100 cutting-edge dwellings by great architects, including Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Rem Koolhaas,
illuminating each with photographs, floor plans, and a biography of its creator.”
In this oversized volume, author and magazine writer Bradbury (Mediterranean Modern) and photographer Powers (Tropical Minimal) showcase 100 influential dwellings, choosing experimental and innovative houses that collectively offer an overview of 20th-century architecture, with most houses located in Europe and the United States. The roll call of architects includes many of the big names of the century, and a number of the houses are already famous. Each subject is allotted a brief background, several of Powers's fine color photographs, and a floor plan. The chronological sequence begins with Arts and Crafts manors and ends with a portable prefabricated cube inspired by airline accommodation. While there are nods to organic, vernacular, and sustainable approaches, many of the works register as live-in architectural concepts: glass-walled pavilions or abstract sculptures. VERDICT Of particular interest to designers and design students.—David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., B.C.