Sustainable Luxury presents twenty-seven recent residential projects created by Singapore's most talented architects to address the urgent challenges of sustainability. Singapore is a prosperous, forward-looking nation that is pioneering innovative solutions for the full range of environmental, economic, social and cultural issues-none of which can be considered in isolation. The homes in this book illustrate the many complex and interconnected aspects of sustainability.
About the Author
Dr. Paul McGillick is a Sydney-based writer on architecture, art and design. He is also Editorial Director of Indesign Media and Editor of the regional, cross-cultural architecture and design magazine, Habitus. He has written a number of books on South-East Asian architecture as well as several monographs on Australian and Asian architects. His most recent book was The Sustainable Asian House published in 2013 by Tuttle.
Award-winning photographer Masano Kawana is one of the most talked-about food, interior and landscape photographers in Asia today. Born in Japan and based in Singapore, Kawana has travelled, lived and surfed throughout the region, photographing a wide variety of subjects for books and lifestyle magazines. One of his recent works, Shunju: New Japanese Cuisine has won the 2004 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Photography.
"McGillick examines a stunning selection of Singapore's contemporary domestic high-end architecture and how it represents that vibrant city and its ethnically diverse inhabitants. [...] McGillick's unusually extensive descriptions accompanying Kawana's evocative photos offers insightful context that will help North American readers understand, and maybe envy the affluence, vitality, and East-West mingling reflected in these homes." --Publishers Weekly
"Much like in his previous book, Dr McGillick's latest offering features houses that turn the common notion of sustainability on its head, beyond just looking at green features. [...] The 224-page hardcover book is filled with stylish pictures of the exteriors and interiors of the homes, taken by Singapore-based award-winning photographer Masano Kawana, who specialises in architecture, interior and food photography." --The Straits Times
"McGillick proposes an expanded framework of sustainability that addresses not only environmental concerns but economic and social factors as well. Sustainable Luxury curates a selection of recent residential architecture in Singapore that fit within this framework. The projects can be broadly categorized into conservation houses, strata residences, and single landed dwellings. Without going into specifics, these are exceptional architectural work from the offices of architectural doyens such as Richard Ho, Yip Yuen Hong and Mok Wei Wei, as well as the newer generation of architects such as Randy Chan and Chang Yong Ter." --d+a (design and architecture) magazine