Australians and New Zealanders are drawn to the coast. Whether it's a permanent abode or a simple fibro shack, the sound of the surf and the feel of sand beneath one's feet are perennially appealing. This latest beach house book by Stephen Crafti features 50 architect-designed homes along the coast. From the simple to the monumental, these homes leave a lasting impression.
While many of the homes featured in the book are lavishly appointed, others simply frame the spectacular views ahead.
From Southern California’s beach towns, to
the rolling hills surrounding San Francisco Bay, and to the lush vineyards of
Napa and Sonoma, this book examines residential design in both urban and rural
Russell Abraham’s striking architectural images
and insightful writing give a unique human face to the architects and their
works. The table is set and the doors are open. Come in and feast on the
architectural bounty that is California Cool.
Updated and revised, this new edition is sure
to delight as much as the original.
from leading architectural photographer and writer, Russell Abraham, Rural Modern
presents a tantalising selection of modern country houses in a variety of
styles and forms.
century has seen rural residential architecture take ideas from both the Modern
Bauhaus design movement and the ever-popular Shingle Style. The result is a
style that borrows from vernacular forms and materials, but uses them in new
ways. Issues of sustainability and energy conservation are also key to
contemporary country house design. Orienting windows to capture heat in winter,
but protect the house from the sun in summer is an ongoing design objective. The
modern country house is a hybrid of several ingenious ideas blended together to
create a modern, sustainable and highly liveable architecture that respects the
past and looks forward into the future.