American Houses for the New Century (Universe Publishing, 2001) by Cathy Lang Ho and Raul A. Barreneche presents 20 superb, custom-designed houses by leading architects. The contributions are, for instance, by Fougeron Architecture, Rick Joy Architect, Shim+Sutcliffe Architects, Alberto Kalach, Toshiko Mori Architect, Steven Holl Architects, Marlon Blackwell, and RoTO Architects.
The houses in this book offer valuable lessons on how to construct the house, physically and psychologically. For example, Amy of them reinterpret and decontextualise materials and concepts from other realms of life. Several of the architects in this book turn to industrial materials, inspired buy their doggedness, economy, and prosaic qualities (…) Many houses have also borrowed spatial ideas from other building types, domesticating elements from the office, museum galleries, and art studios. Even if the houses in this book – like all custom, architect-designed houses – are singular (and expensive), there architects, like generations before them, are using the territory of the small-scale, domestic building to explore methods and concepts of building that may be further explicated in their own or others’ future work.
– Cathy Lang Ho, Introduction for American Houses for the New Century (Universe Publishing, 2001), p.6
The text is in English. The book has been generously illustrated with photographs and architectural drawings.
Our copy in stock is in good condition. The pages are clean without any markings, and the binding is fine. There is some age-related yellow toning on the edges of the pages. The dust-jacket is a bit edge worn.