Much more than the usual 'house porn', the thematic linkage in this beautiful book is the elemental connection of humans to the landscape, and the place of architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries in exploring and articulating this connection. Terrific gift.
Elemental Living presents 60 works of architecture from across the 20th and 21st centuries that have a special relationship with the natural world. Each house demonstrates a deep concern with the creation of unique living spaces that connect their inhabitants with the forests, mountains, lakes, deserts, and oceans that have attracted humanity for millennia.bThe book includes a visually breathtaking selection of architect-created homes designed to create unparalleled views of a wide variety of natural landscapes; designed to be almost indistinguishable from the natural landscape; or designed using materials and forms found in the natural landscape.
- Features such buildings as tropical tree houses and cliff-side caves, mountain hideaways, forest retreats and desert oases, luxury igloos, and cliff-side cabins
- A specially curated selection of architect-designed houses that reflects contemporary concerns about the preservation and sensitive inhabitation of natural landscapes
- The book is organized into three sections: 'With' – houses constructed from natural materials found on the land; 'Within' – houses that are completely integrated into the natural environment; and 'At' – houses that make the most of spectacular views
- Features buildings by 20th-century masters such as Mies van der Rohe, Oscar Niemeyer, and Frank Lloyd Wright as well as contemporary stars including Rick Joy, Kengo Kuma, Sou Fujimoto, and Mathias Klotz
- 290 mm x 250 mm
- 260 illustrations
"The beautiful meeting of man and wild... Some of the world's most breath-taking architecture benefits from being in the middle of nowhere... The exceptional beauty of these buildings can help us see nature anew."—Amuse-i-d.vice.com