Tropical Modern

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Out with the cool, in with the hot. The author has traveled the globe to bring together a collection of luxurious modern homes designed by such luminaries as Oscar Niemeyer, Gio Pontl, Geoffrey Bawa, and Isay Weinfeld. The architects featured on these pages experiment with combining modern technology and exotic local materials to produce rich designs of teak, metal, stucco, concrete, and glass. Spectacular swimming pools and breezy outdoor rooms figure prominently; "green" eco-conscious features are a seamless ...
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Overview

Out with the cool, in with the hot. The author has traveled the globe to bring together a collection of luxurious modern homes designed by such luminaries as Oscar Niemeyer, Gio Pontl, Geoffrey Bawa, and Isay Weinfeld. The architects featured on these pages experiment with combining modern technology and exotic local materials to produce rich designs of teak, metal, stucco, concrete, and glass. Spectacular swimming pools and breezy outdoor rooms figure prominently; "green" eco-conscious features are a seamless response to the tropical settings of many of the featured houses. This is a sophisticated survey of modern homes that embrace the laid-back tropical lifestyle with open-air rooms, shady courtyards, sunny patios, and cool stucco walls. The combination of modern architectural forms and tropical settings is sure to appeal to any reader who has imagined escaping to a vacation hideaway in the sun. Tropical Modern brings that dream to life.
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Inspiring color photographs of modernist architecture and interiors in the Tropics and China fill these idea books. Whereas in her previous book, China Style, Hong Kong-based interior design writer Leece showed interiors that drew inspiration from traditional Chinese domestic style, here she focuses on the modern design movement in China. Commercial and residential interiors are depicted in an uncluttered style that incorporates Chinese touches through the use of furniture and decorative accessories, along with a description of the owners' and inhabitants' design preferences. Barreneche, contributing editor to Metropolitan Home and Architectural Record, portrays modernist homes located between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. Individual homes are shown in color photographs, with floor plans accompanied by a description of the architects' approach to designing a modern home suited to tropical living throughout the world-including Australia, Brazil, Florida, and Mexico. Purchase where patrons are interested in modern architecture and design. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847826667
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 8
Introduction 10
Alterio Residence Sao Paulo, Brazil Isay Weinfeld, architect 32
Casas La Chiripa Acapulco, Mexico Felipe Leal, architect 42
Palm Island House Miami Beach, Florida, USA Kennen/Riley, architects 50
Taylor House Scotland Cay, Bahamas Frank Harmon Architect 60
Casa de Crystal Vieques, Puerto Rico Henry Myerberg, architect 70
Casa de Carmen Rancho Nuevo, Mexico Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects 78
Beach House Casuarina Beach, Australia Lahz Nimmo Architects 88
Sverner Residence Sao Paulo, Brazil Isay Weinfeld, architect 98
Three Houses by Studio MORSA Nevis, West Indies Studio MORSA, architects 110
Weiss Residence Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Steven Harris Architect 124
Gamma-Issa Residence Sao Paulo, Brazil Marcio Kogan Architecture 136
Figueroa Residence Miami Beach, Florida, USA Luis Guillermo Pons, design architect 146
Casa Triangular Vieques, Puerto Rico John Hix, Architect 154
Victoria Park House Singapore SCD Architects 162
Jayawardene Residence Mirissa, Sri Lanka Geoffrey Bawa, architect 172
Sandbank House St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands William Lane Architects 182
Bitter Residence Tijucopava, Brazil Isay Weinfeld, architect 188
Gold Coast House Reedy Creek, Australia Innovarchi, architect 200
La Riberena Caracas, Venezuela Walter James Alcock, original architect, Keenen/Riley, interior renovation architect 208
Acknowledgements 220
Credits and contacts 222
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