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20 Houses by Twenty Architects (Electaarchitecture) [Paperback]

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This volume, now available in paperback, inaugurates a new Electaarchitecture series on residential architecture and presents an illustrated portfolio of 20 innovative, talked-about houses built around the world during the past decade by both celebrated architects and emerging young designers. The houses range from the United States to Mexico, Latin America, Europe, Japan, and Australia, designed by such architects as Tadao Ando of Japan, Carlos Ferrater of Spain, Rem Koolhaas of the Netherlands, GA Grupo Arquitectura of Mexico, Glenn Murcutt of Australia, and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien of the United States. The book is aimed at a general readership and provides an excellent overview of current trends in contemporary residential architecture

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.13" Width: 9.37" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   3.09 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   Phaidon Press
ISBN  1904313353  
ISBN13  9781904313359  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Daguerre graduated in architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice in 1985. She has been a lecturer and researcher at several European and American universities.

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1Books > Subjects > History
2Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Interior Design > General
3Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Building Types & Styles > General
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6Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Interior Design > General

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Architectural Diversification  Apr 29, 2005
Simply put, this is a very good book. A nice survey of 20 modern residential houses around the world. The book is organized by architects with their brief bios. The architects also introduced their designs personally, so the text is succinct and right to the point. The pictures are big and beautiful. My favorite part is the detailed floor plans. This book offers the most reader-friendly floor plans I have ever read. It is not hard at all to mentally construct the house and to link the pictures with the layout of the buildings.

The book is organized under an overarching theme: diversity. Like what the editor said in the openning introduction: "We felt it was possible to pick out a sufficiently significant sample of houses designed by architects operating in different parts of the world and coming from a variety of backgrounds, displaying diffrent levels of maturity of expression and belonging to different generations."

But I wish the editor could be bolder and have presented an even more diversified portfolio of projects by including some more innovative, throught-provoking designs. If a score 10 represents an extreme of diversification and a score of 1 indicates another extreme of homogeneity, this book stands at 7.
Good range of rationalist designers  Oct 6, 2004
While I would say that this book focuses on what I call rationalist and in many cases, minimalist designs, it does show a good range of work within that group. It's not all white buildings, nor are they all relentlessly orthogonal, but they all share an interest in strong lighting and material ideas, clear diagrams and site/contextual identity. The drawings are refreshingly large and clear, with plenty of plans plus elevations and the occasional section. The photos are also large, high quality and to the point. There isn't much space wasted on text when the buildings can speak for themselves. The architects they choose to sample from aren't always the big names, but they are accomplished and well-known in certain circles and it's nice to see something other than Richard Meier's latest neo-Corbu fishbowl make the rounds. Their work here is certainly as good as anyone's in the world right now.

Unlike a lot of thematic or survey books, this book strikes a nice balance between capturing a big enough range of work and giving enough depth to each work it presents.

Oh, and I like the bright orange binding under the jacket.
An excellent book on current residential architecture  Feb 15, 2004
If you are a minimalist, if you love modern residential architecture, and if you want to know who's who in this area, get this book. Excellent selection of 20 projects around the world.

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