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About the Author

Cristina del Valle has a Bachelor in Audiovisual Communication by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has combined her studies with various journalistic works in publications of the architecture and design sector. She is currently collaborating actively with a variety of magazines of the sector in the position of project coordinator and is the author of various books including New Bars and Restaurants.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Universe; 1st edition (September 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789313499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789313492
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew B. Hurvitz on October 28, 2005
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I came across this book and was impressed with the small size, the rigorous editing, the high quality photography and printing. The houses are innovative, practical, imaginative and international. They cover areas from Australia to Japan to New York. What unites them is their ability to be comfortable, elegant, simple and environmentally sensitive. They are for anyone who hopes to cure the McMansion virus.

Trump would hate this book.
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This is basically just a coffee table book - plenty of nice pictures but light on substance. If you want detailed (even semi detailed) information on compact design, space saving ideas and the like than look elsewhere.
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I am a minimalist to the fullest, but this book simply lacks depth. The "blueprints" are hardly viewable, let alone descriptive. Most of the structures resemble eachother and are spare, without furnishings or signs of life. I would recommend the book, "PREFAB" by Allison Arieff for bigger pictures, broader concepts and more in depth explanations. I suppose they were making a point by making the size of the book compact, but the few times I was impressed with a structure I would scour the three or so pages devoted to it and then it was over, leaving me wanting much more. Try classics like, "Pierre Koenig", by James Steele or "Julius Shulman: Architecture and Its Photography" by Peter Gossel. Ta Ta
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I review a lot of architecture books, and this one more than most makes me want to go out and build a new house. The subject of the book is small houses. It consists of pictures and the story of some fifty houses, all of which are less than 1,300 square feet. Many of them are much less than 1,300 feet, indeed down into the 300-400 square foot size.

I live in a small house -- 900 square feet or so -- that's about a hundred years old. But compared to the layout, the beauty the simplicity of design, mine's a dump. I'm getting the urge to go visit a realtor friend. One thing about these houses is that many of them are on what would be considered hard to build on lots. And such lots tend to be cheap. There's a new architect in town that's fresh out of school and may have more originality than the older guys. Maybe if I give her this book, with a few houses marked. Hmmmmm!

One thing I didn't like, most of the bed rooms are on the second floor. I was in a house once that had a fire. The amount of smoke generated in just a minute or two was incredible. I don't want a bed room upstairs, if necessary I want to be able to close the door to keep the smoke out and get out through a wondow or emergency door.

Other than that, this is a great idea book. The pictures are beautiful. There's not as much detail as I would like, but adding detail would have to mean either fewer houses or bigger book, so I guess it's a nice balance.
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I enjoyed the wide variety of projects presented. I'm a visual person, so thought there could have been more photos per home to orientate oneself with the accompanying floor plans.

Overall, I return to this book (amongst others of its genre in my collection) because of the celebration of small project design.

This is not for those who dislike modern, minimilistic elevations.
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This book is one of my favorites of its kind. Photographs are beautiful and do a good job of capturing the concepts of the houses. The houses featured are innovative but for the most part practical. Obviously these are just more or less over views but they made me want to know more.
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There are many, many books about small houses. Buy any one of those instead of this one. I can recommend "New Small Spaces" (edited by F Mola) because I happened to pick up both of these the same day; the latter book although similar in layout and minimalist design, is much more informative and livable.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the floor plans and elevations are miniscule, poorly drawn, and not labelled. In several instances they are flat out wrong, not representative of the house being discussed. (Okay the WeeHouse variation pictured in both books does not have a bathroom.)

Most of the photos are exterior shots with a lot of duplicate views. Many interiors were photographed without furniture. There is no discussion of space-saving features--not that I was looking for an in-depth treatise but a few mentions would have been appropriate for a house of less than 1200 sq ft. The houses selected are not just minimalist, they are Pritzker-level minimalist.

There is a lot of focus on light, I'll grant you that.

In short, this is a hasty compilation for a coffee table book. Otherwise, how do you explain the Australian houseboat with two full-size beds in the cabins but not a single other place to sit down aside from the captain's swivel chair.

NOTE: There is some kind of glitch with the page link. My review is for "Compact Houses" by Cristina del Valle.
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Monotonous. Even though the houses in this book are from around the world - Europe, east Asia, Australia, South America, and a sprinkling from North America - every single one is in the minimalist style, mostly boxes and a few oddly shaped things, all with little aesthetic appeal. I learned nothing about the architectural traditions of different parts of the world.

The text doesn't convey much, the floor plans are hard to read and often do not show every floor so it's hard to get an overall feeling of the design, but the book has beautiful photographs and a large amount of material, 420 pages worth. So, if you like to look at pictures of minimalist houses then get this book, otherwise avoid it.
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