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The House Book Hardcover – May 10, 2001


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (May 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714839841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714839844
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 10.1 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Beautifully produced, thoroughly thought-provoking, this is the gift book of the year.' (Independent) 'Fresh and vibrant views of the architects and designers responsible for some of the world's most interesting homes ... the perfect gift for anyone interested in architecture and design.' (OK!)

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A lovely party book.
audrey
It's absolutely gorgeous with large pictures on each page and just enough text to make it interesting and informative.
Barton Poulson
As with all books in this series, its about big pictures and only a small amount of text.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David J. Huber VINE VOICE on February 12, 2002
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A great collection of 500 houses, from huts in thirdworld countries, to historic castles and palaces and estates and chateaus, to modern architecture, done by 500 architects. This is a visuals-only book. It does not have much information about the buildings or the architects, but it makes up for the lack of text with the large, vibrant photos, which is what the book is all about. This book is a trade-off - it has more homes and architects than any other book out there, but it also has very little information, since with 500 architects, that only leaves one per page.
Fun to look through and mentally design the dream estate of my retirement years...and to learn about a lot of architects I'd never heard of.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you liked The Art Book you'll love The House Book. An alphabetical listing of the most important 500 houses from all time. This concise visual history of icons covers everything from ancient cave dwellings to the latest in architectural wonders. Everyone one is there - Gehry, Aalto, Eames, Thomas Jefferson, Henry VIII, Palladio.
Beautifully photographed and printed, I ordered 10 copies of this coffee table book for holiday gifts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Sas on March 12, 2006
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Fascinating tour of homes, with most of the really rewarding images revealing the indigenous styles of homes across the globe, including the iglu, the long house, dung hovels, and dozens of other styles that incorporate the folk wisdom of humans across the centuries. The modernist austerities were the least interesting, even more boring than castles from the Hapsburgs. Some of the contemporary puzzle pieces were striking, and each page repaid the time invested pouring over the details captured. I wish that they would double page load, and show a representative interior of each exterior captured here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ping Lim on April 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A roof over our head is a need just as the air that we breathe, the food that we consume, & the water that we drink. As human gradually evolves & that our mind is getting more complex, a house doesn't serve the need simply but it also has become a form of expression, a display of the occupants' personality &/or their wealth, bringing into fruition an ideal or an -ism, &/or a culmination of both. Irrespective of which countries we're going to, & what cultures we immerse ourselves into, we still need a house to go home to. And the "House Book" delves into the residential end of architecture scale by showing us all range of houses that transcend boundaries, dollar value, time. I view this book as a collage of 500 houses. I wish certain iconic houses could be discussed further with provision of additional pictures but what we are provided with are simply pictures taken from the most potent angles, which supposedly do the most justice to the houses. Having said that, I would opt the strengths & weaknesses are exposed & they are to be judged by their own merits but then, the size of the book would have been increased quite significantly & so does the cost of owning the book. Still, this is an exceptional book with high grade quality pictures, good summary, good end notes for us to delve into a particular style, particular countries. At the end of the book, there is also an index of further information regarding houses that are available for public viewing. Overall, a very well-done book & it is featured permanently & prominently on my coffee table. Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Hebbron on March 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In the best tradition of the phaidon culture books, this one explores architectural styles.

It covers most periods and is eclectic in terms of style and the cultural heritage of the buildings. It also manages to present a huge time span of works, though the focus is on the boom years of architectural styles and changes (from the Victorian era onwards).

Inspires plans for lots of day trips for culture vultures or indeed travels abroad. Very interesting, I imagine there was not quite the struggle to overcome snobberies with this book as there must have been with this books family members, Art, Modern Art, Fashion and Photography.
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This small book is delightful in its compact overview of an inherently fascinating topic: the homes we build. 500 pictures of 500 houses range from native dwellings to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, representing six continents and weighted toward the UK and USA, Japan and Europe.

By its nature this is the briefest of looks at iconic and important instances of human dwellings. Though the text is minimal it is stunningly packed with interesting facts and historical context. Of course the book suffers from having only one picture of each house, but the color photos that ARE here are lovely and illustrative. The entries are ordered alphabetically by architect, designer, patron or tribe, and an incomplete index based on country is not much help in finding entries. (Like many Phaidon books, the content is superb but the index is poor.) A handy glossary helps you brush up on your Art Nouveau and Bauhaus.

This is a superb little introduction to the many types of houses humans have lived in, a friendly conversation starter or an excellent introduction to the subject for children interested in architecture or design, or homeschoolers. I really enjoyed leafing through this beautiful little book; the pictures and text were compelling, and I learned about some interesting architects and their ideas, and appreciated the effort to tie the examples into the history of architecture. I was disappointed not to see an entry for the delightful town of Portmeirion in Wales, but pleased to see others. I thought the photos did justice to the places I'd actually been, and I now have a long list of new places I'd like to visit.

The image to represent Frank Gehry is his own house in California. For Gaudi, one of my favorite architects, they use Palau Guell. I also saw examples of the work of others whose work is similar. The book is well done, fun and compact. A lovely party book.
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