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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Millennium House (August 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921209011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921209017
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 9.8 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,532,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on March 7, 2007
A quick flip through this book and you could easily think that you're looking at contemporary Case Study Houses. Surely one of the criteria of those wonderful homes designed five decades ago was the skilful use of interior space. The 120 buildings in this book continue that theory.

This is a huge thick book (at about nine pounds) beautifully printed and designed with excellent architectural color photos throughout. The homes, all built, more or less, in the last ten years, come from twenty countries with the US (especially California) Australia and Europe predominant.

The first few pages dealing the concept of 'home' over the centuries I thought rather superfluous in a book about modern homes. The rest of the pages are divided into sections: In the city, Outer city, Future city, In the country, By the water and finally In your dreams. Dreams includes, for instance the Foster designed Chesa Futura, Wallace Cunningham's Crescent House and the S.A.O.T Architects Saint Leon House in Cape Town. Dream commissions by any standards. The back pages include comprehensive biographies of the architects.

All the homes in the book have several photos and some general text and captions but it is the large photos that I liked, with several stretching over a spread. The floor plans that go with the buildings are not quite so successful as they tend to look as if there have been fitted into whatever space was left on the page. They also vary in graphic style and are frequently minus text to explain what rooms are what.

Overall I thought this was a wonderful book on probably the best of contemporary homes around the world and is just the sort of title that will appear on a table in a future photo of a modern living room in an architectural magazine.
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