Featuring more than fifty major projects designed, commenced or completed in the last four years, "21st Century House" looks at diverse visions of the modern house and sets them in the context of the technological and aesthetic concerns of today's architects. Packed with illustrations and featuring detailed architectural drawings for every project, "21st Century House" covers all aspects of contemporary house architecture, from grand modernist pavilions to small urban schemes, including both the celebrated and the obscure. The book emphasises both pragmatic contemporary urban and rural architecture while also addressing the wider debates of social and environmental obligations in an examination of how the projects accommodate these increasingly important aspects of house building today.
Modern architecture is a story of movements, styles and genres. But what of the work that remains defiantly unique, refusing to submit to a label or genre? "The New Modern House" is a comprehensive look at the emerging trend of architecture that favours substance over style, combining functional design and sustainable processes with a straightforward, honest aesthetic. "The New Modern House" features around 50 projects, from single family houses to self-builds, eco-friendly structures, recycled projects and creative re-uses. All are accompanied by full details, models, sketches and diagrams, allowing a closer look at their conception and construction. At the heart of the book is the concept of a new authenticity, and how an emerging anti-aesthetic approach demonstrates a logical evolution of modernist design. The emphasis is on unselfconscious, modest architecture projects that are at odds with contemporary obsessions with high concept design, big names and brand identity. "The New Modern House" is an inspirational guide to this new architectural concept, describing a diversity of new forms and approaches to the modern house.
There is no one way to design a modern urban house. Demand for space in cities the world over is higher than ever and new buildings must meet stringent energy saving requirements and negotiate a myriad planning regulations. But the best new urban architecture suggests invention and innovation are as critical as ever. The Contemporary House brings together seventy solutions, drawn from cities around the globe to explore the many ways in which architecture can enhance the experience of living in the city. Organized geographically, The Contemporary House offers a fascinating insight into the sheer variety of contemporary approaches to urban design, from reinventions of longstanding vernacular forms like terraces and townhouses, through to the fastchanging suburbs and inner cities of modern Japan, where the short lifespan of family houses provides architects with a template for aesthetic and technical experimentation. The book also provides an insight into the conditions that shape the architecture of some of the world's major cities, through recent history, signature styles, and current conditions on the ground. The Contemporary House is an essential guide to design in the modern city.