Today's byword is sustainability, and in few arenas is that more evident than in architecture. The Sustainable Asian House celebrates the new architectural vocabulary of environmental, social, and cultural sustainability as it is now emerging in Southeast Asia, specifically Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The houses in this book are an exciting representation of the region's reinterpretation of tropical architecture and its growing interest in traditional materials and craftsmanship. There is a new emphasis on fresh air, natural light, and spatial variety. Designers are considering issues such as orientation to the sun and prevailing winds to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint. The twenty-seven houses are featured in this fascinating and stunningly photographed study.
About the Author
Dr Paul McGillick is a writer and editor based in Sydney. Specializing in architecture, art, and design, he has published numerous articles and essays as well as several books, including 25 Houses in Singapore and Malaysia and Concrete, Steel, Glass. Based in Singapore, award-winning photographer Masano Kawana is one of the most exciting interior and landscape photographers at work in Asia today.
"With exciting photographs that convey expanses of space and frame jaw-dropping elements such as courtyard swimming pools and stairwells that seem to levitate, McGillick's book highlights powerful elements of International Modernism: transparency, texture, protection, and integration with the landscape. An appreciation of cultural heritage, use of eco-smart materials, and the strategic capture of natural ventilation are elements that make these elaborate home." -Paul McGillick, Publishers Weekly
"I have gotten a glimpse today of The Sustainable Asian House by Paul McGillick and Masano Kawana as the Photographer. This book has been popular in Southeast Asia, specifically Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The book includes representation of tropical architecture and its growing interest in traditional materials and craftsmanship. It includes an emphasis on fresh air, natural light, and spatial variety. It has also talked about how designers are considering issues such as orientation to the sun and prevailing winds to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint. There are about twenty-seven houses featured in this fascinating and stunningly photographed study which will give interest, learning and inspiration to all." -AishaKristine.com blog
List of Houses featured in the book:THAILANDBangkok House, Scott WhittakerEquilibrium House, VasLab ArchitectureEkamai House, Bangkok Architectural ResearchPrachachuen House, Kanoon StudioMALAYSIACarphenie House, Design