John Welsh’s Modern House (Phaidon, 1995; 1st paperback edition 1999) analyses 30 private houses around the world designed by both renowned and emerging architects. The collection includes, for instance, Kidosaki House by Tadao Ando in Tokyo, Japan; Villa dall’Ava by OMA in Paris, France; Winton Guest House by Frank Gehry in Wayzata, Minnesota, USA; Casa Bianda by Mario Botta in Losone, Ticino, Switzerland; and Casa Garau-Agusti by Enric Miralles in Belaterra, Barcelona, Spain. Each project presentation includes an analytical article and ample, high-quality pictures.
The final definition of this book bis as a snapshot in time. F.R.S. Yorke’s The Modern House  is a record of a creative, though sadly short, era of architecture, when the economic social and aesthetic factors of pre-second-world-war society converged to create some of the twentieth century’s most impressive modern masterpieces. This book, 60 years later, is no less of an ‘Instamatic’ image, preserving the products of a politically and spiritually selfish, though equally creative decade. What has changed, however, is the nature of modernism. Whether for private or public buildings, modernism has remained the principal architectural idiom throughout the intervening period, forcing this book to be not a record of change, but a polemic of continuity.
– John Welsh, Introduction to Modern House, p. 19
The text is in English. The book has been richly illustrated with photographs and architectural drawings.
The copy in our stock is in good condition. The pages are clean without any markings except for some tiny remains of a sticked paper on p.49. The glueing of the binding is fine. There is some age-related yellow toning on the edges of the pages. The covers have some minor shelf wear.