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The House Book Hardcover – May 10, 2001
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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.
Beautifully photographed and printed, I ordered 10 copies of this coffee table book for holiday gifts.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great information, and the pictures are fun. It would have been much, much better if it were a larger size and/or color.Published 4 months ago by Donna Paul
A visual history of the world in architecture in a nutshell. This is an essential book for any personal art library.Published on November 17, 2013 by Susan in Chilmark
This is a small book on all kinds of houses all over the world. It has one page per house, with a small text presenting the history and background and one photo. Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by Paulo Waisberg
I now own The Garden Book and The House Book. They both have brief summaries and a picture of some of the most incredible homes and gardens in the world. Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by Bob
As with all books in this series, its about big pictures and only a small amount of text. Great for browsing. Read morePublished on July 26, 2008 by J. Davis
it was one of my favourites until i got the phaidon atlas of contemporary architecture but this book is also a good one. 500 houses over the world. Read morePublished on August 13, 2007 by Ayse Gokbakan
I was thrilled with this book (and all the other mini-Phaidon books: The Art Book, The Movie Book, The Fashion Book, and The Garden Book -- I think that's all). Read morePublished on May 23, 2007 by Barton Poulson
This book is absolutley the most amazing book on house architecture I have ever seen. Anyone who is interested in houses and house architecture around the world should have this... Read morePublished on July 25, 2006 by Mr. Rockwell