Modern House by John WelshModern House by John Welsh

Modern House

byJohn WelshAs told byJohn Welsh

Paperback | November 2, 1999

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The latter part of the 20th century was a fertile time for residential architecture, with a great variety of approaches in operation and no real sign of a ruling orthodoxy or a canonical style. As an editor at three British architectural magazines, John Welsh has had a good vantage point to observe this pluralistic parade, and he gathers a rich and provocative assortment of examples between the covers of Modern House. Welsh first provides a historic overview of residential modernism and then groups his more recent main examples into four types: model villas, structural essays, organic houses, and urban buildings. Big names such as Meier, Gehry, Botta, Koolhaas, and Ando rub elbows with lesser known but worthy practitioners. The houses themselves run a gamut from Allies and Morrison's seemingly ordinary Oakyard in London to Shinichi Ogawa's breathtakingly purist (and nearly unlivable) glass cube in Yamaguchi, Japan.Welsh's text is solid and helpful, and the visual presentation is exemplary. Copious plans and photos (mostly in color) fill the 240 large-format pages, but we've come to expect that in big architectural books today. What distinguishes this one visually is a deft layout that does not call attention to itself, yet presents the material intelligibly and with grace. If only all book designers were as capable and attuned to their subject matter as the uncredited graphic designer of this volume. Highly recommended for both content and presentation. --John Pastier
Title:Modern HouseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 11.5 × 9.88 × 1 inPublished:November 2, 1999Publisher:Phaidon PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0714838373

ISBN - 13:9780714838373

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In the 1920s and 1930s, the Modernist architectural movement emerged in private houses designed by influential architects hired by wealthy clients. Recently, specially commissioned houses have enjoyed a revival, and established and emerging new architects are again able to express Modern ideas in one-of-a-kind homes. Modern House showcases 30 recently designed homes from around the globe. Each is explored by means of photographs, architectural drawings and building plans.