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Van Sambeek & Van Veen Architects: Freedom Of Organization [Hardcover]

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Neutrality, exclusivity, family, seriality, position, interiority, time. These are the seven organizational principles essential to the design philosophy and methodology of Dutch architecture firm, Van Sambeek & Van Veen. Naturally, these are the themes by which this comprehensive volume of their projects--the only monograph of their work to date--is organized. For each of their designs, architects Erna van Sambeek and Rene van Veen ask how the essence of the task can be reduced to a combination of two or more of these themes. Each project therefore appears at least twice in the book, but with images and text specifically tailored to address the dominant theme of the particular chapter. Again and again when looking through the firm's more than 18 years of projects; some unbuilt, we are reminded of their design philosophy: to seek the richness that architecture can gain from a consistent concentration on the essentials, and a clear separation of primary and secondary aspects. Essay by Hans Ibelings. Hardcover, 9.5 x 7.5 in./368 pgs / 340 color and 50 b&w.

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Studio: NAi Publishers
Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.5" Width: 7.1" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   2.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 2005
Publisher   NAi Publishers
ISBN  9056623656  
ISBN13  9789056623654  

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Untitled  Aug 20, 2007
I love Van Sambeek and Van Veen Architects works, but I am not sure if I like this book too much. First of all, it presents itself more as a graphics book than a serious architecture book. Considering that it is a monograph on a firm, maybe that is not necessarily a bad thing if someone wants to get close to the thought/design process of an architect. However, most of the contents, you can find on their website. There is no essays, not even an introduction. The book is organized so to express the idea of freedom of organization, which means that it is organized thematically (seven themes include Family, Position, Time, Interiority, Seriality, Exclusivity and Neutrality), and a project is presented more than twice interspersed like an abstract painting depending on how it was conceived and processed. So the book is an introspective project. It is an enjoyable happy presentation of the firm's philosophy, and I think I can get into it more. However, because of the nature of the programs the firm specializes in, I was hoping to see more analysis than descriptions and any other educational information on the dutch housings in general... their works presented in larger context as well as more photos of the exteriors of the buildings, not partial, but in full in their surroundings, of the interiors, of the courtyards, some details... It is sort of schizophrenic, and no project is presented fully in architectural sense, and I have to refer to the pictures on their website to make a better sense. It is like a homework they are giving me. I guess it may simply mean that I have more of a German or an Italian sensibility, but I have to say that I was hoping for a serious architectural monograph on their serious works.

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