Unbound Space and the Modern Dwelling
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Open House by Dung Ngo
Book DescriptionAt the beginning of the 20th century, a new vision of architectural space was born; free-flowing floor plans were made possible by new construction methods that eliminated the need for interior partitions. This first half of this book explores the evolution of the open plan house in the work of well-known European and American architects. From Frank Lloyd Wright's 'destruction of the box' at the turn of the century, the free plan of the modernist house enabled the demolition of traditional social and familial constraints. In the 1950s, residential architecture began to blur the distinction between inside and outside, offering casual, free-flowing space and seamless integration of exterior and interior spaces. The open house had arrived. Today, the free plan, and in turn the open house, has taken yet another turn as a new generation ofarchitects takes up the reins of modernism. As can be seen in Shigeru Ban's minimalist retreat perched in the hills of Japan, or LOT/EK's industrial vernacular duplex in New York, the modern open plan house is alive and well. Twelve projects by some of today's leading international architects, including Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, Patkau Architect
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780500341919
(306mm x 240mm x mm)
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Featuring projects from Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, this book presents a meditation on the meaning of domestic space. The 30 individual residences featured are illustrated with colour photographs, accompanied by floor plans and detailed explanations.
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Author Biography - Dung Ngo
Dung Ngo has published books on Louis Kahn and Rem Koolhaas. He is currently an independent writer and lecturer on architecture. Adi Shamir Zion is the Dean of Instruction at the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco.
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