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Superlight : Lightness in Contemporary Houses - Phyllis Richardson


Lightness in Contemporary Houses

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2014
ISBN: 9780500342961
Number Of Pages: 256

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One of the most influential design philosophies of the past 25 years has been Glenn Murcutt’s dictum that buildings should ‘touch the earth lightly’. While architects have always sought to liberate architecture from its solid foundations through the use of new materials and spatial reconfigurations, climate change, new materials and restricted land use have given new impetus to finding lightweight solutions for our homes. ‘Superlight’ houses combine two strands of thinking: that lightweight buildings have less impact on their environments, and that this lightness (visually, materially, ecologically) can lead to more open living and greater communion with their surroundings. Each of the 41 houses presented here is shown through photographs, plans and lucid explanations. Residences that appear to float, ingenious constructions using local materials, innovative structures, inflatable spaces, high-tech hyperintelligent houses – superlight takes many forms, in many places – from the urban jungle of Tokyo to rural China and mountainous Chile.

About the Author

Phyllis Richardson has written numerous books on lifestyle, interiors and architecture, including Living Modern Tropical, Nano House, Contemporary Natural, the XS series and the London, Paris and Barcelona volumes of the StyleCity travel series, all published by Thames & Hudson. She is also the author of the architectural blog, Archetcetera.

Industry Reviews

'Truly special and unique ... Grand designs indeed' - Fabric
'Stunning photography, illuminating floor plans and expert explanations' - Elle Decoration
'The innovative lightweight plastic cover of this book hints at the pioneering content within ... Plans bring depth to each scheme' - Homes & Gardens

ISBN: 9780500342961
ISBN-10: 0500342962
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st September 2014
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 20.0  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.91
Edition Number: 1

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