• Title: Architects house themselves: Breaking new ground
  • Author: Michael Webb
  • Released: 1994-10-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 224
  • ISBN: 0891332413
  • ISBN13: 978-0891332411
  • ASIN: 0891332413
From Publishers Weekly Featuring highly individualistic, innovative houses designed by architects for their own residences, this stimulating, lavishly illustrated sourcebook opens with the homes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, Richard Neutra, Walter Gropius, Rudolph Schindler and Charles and Ray Eames. Webb ( The City Square ) then spotlights 40 additional recent dwellings throughout the U.S. and one in Canada. Reinterpreting New England vernacular, ocean-lover Bernard Wharton's house in Redding, Conn. is as trim and tightly planned as a yacht. Kenneth Neumann's home in Franklin, Mich., an abstract reworking in glass of colonial architecture, "performs a disappearing act" on a wooded slope. Weekend retreats, daring structures that cling to "unbuildable" sites and a house tailored to the needs of an extended family from Taiwan serve as proof that new constructions need not be standardized or predictable.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review Ever since Thomas Jefferson built Monticello, American architects have used their own houses as laboratories, testing new ideas and putting a fresh spin on the old. To select the best of our own era, Michel Webb traveled from coast to coast, talking with 150 architects and looking for houses and apartments that respond creatively to the challenges of site, context, and budget. He chose 41 recent examples and six modern classics. Together they demonstrate how rich is the idea of House. Pioneers like Schindler, Neutra, Wright, Gropius, Charles and Ray Eames, and Philip Johnson explored new ways of enclosing space and relating buildings to nature. They shocked their contemporaries and inspired their successors. Houses are grouped by types. Color and vintage b/w photos, plans and sections are woven together with lively descriptions of what each architect built - and why. These architectural adventures offer new ways of satisfying practical and emotional needs, and writes another chapter in the history of the American house. They demonstrate the timeless virtues of light and space, openness and privacy, fine craftsmanship and economical construction. -- Midwest Book Review

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