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A visual feast of 500 iconic houses and traditional dwellings from all over the world, The House Book presents a vibrant and fresh view of architects and designers responsible for some of the most diverse international houses of all time. From Hadrian's Villa to Palladio's Villa Rotunda and Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, through to the contemporary houses of Richard Rogers and Frank Gehry, it features the widest range of both architect-designed and traditional dwellings. Some of the houses are celebrated for their role in architectural history, others have become iconic for their individual features or structure, but all are seminal forms of dwelling. The selection ranges from the palaces of kings to the individual huts of the Hutu, but the book illustrates with magnitude that the essential qualities of the home remain greatly unchanged over the centuries. Following the format of The Art Book, it presents 500 architects in A-Z order, offering an easily accessible and informative sourcebook for experts as well as readers coming to an architectural survey for the first time. Each architect or designer is represented by a full-page reproduction, mostly in colour, of their most significant house and an accompanying text that describes the image and its designer. Each page includes meticulous cross-references to other architects working in a similar style, movement or time period. The book also includes an easy-to-use glossary of architectural terms and movements and an extensive directory of houses open to the public.

'Beautifully produced, thoroughly thought-provoking, this is the gift book of the year.' (Independent) 'Fresh and vibrant views of the architects and designers responsible for some of the world's most interesting homes ... the perfect gift for anyone interested in architecture and design.' (OK!)

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  • By Donna Paul on April 21, 2016

    Great information, and the pictures are fun. It would have been much, much better if it were a larger size and/or color.

  • By Paul Sas on March 12, 2006

    Fascinating tour of homes, with most of the really rewarding images revealing the indigenous styles of homes across the globe, including the iglu, the long house, dung hovels, and dozens of other styles that incorporate the folk wisdom of humans across the centuries. The modernist austerities were the least interesting, even more boring than castles from the Hapsburgs. Some of the contemporary puzzle pieces were striking, and each page repaid the time invested pouring over the details captured. I wish that they would double page load, and show a representative interior of each exterior captured here.

  • By David J. Huber on February 12, 2002

    A great collection of 500 houses, from huts in thirdworld countries, to historic castles and palaces and estates and chateaus, to modern architecture, done by 500 architects. This is a visuals-only book. It does not have much information about the buildings or the architects, but it makes up for the lack of text with the large, vibrant photos, which is what the book is all about. This book is a trade-off - it has more homes and architects than any other book out there, but it also has very little information, since with 500 architects, that only leaves one per page.Fun to look through and mentally design the dream estate of my retirement years...and to learn about a lot of architects I'd never heard of.

  • By Alis'nWonderland on January 17, 2013

    This is a wonderful book, in this size and format, for the ubiquitous thinking room. Guests rave about it. Examples of architecture representing the entire gamut of human-built habitats from around the world, from star architects to anonymous tribespeople, one page per example. I've given this as a gift many times - always get really enthusiastic responses.

  • By Paulo Waisberg on September 18, 2010

    This is a small book on all kinds of houses all over the world. It has one page per house, with a small text presenting the history and background and one photo. It is not very useful for me as the info is too short and generic, the photos do not explain very much. Sometimes it is about some eccentric house sometimes it is about some typical kind of housing. I expected more explanatory info on how they are built or at least some floorplans.

  • By audrey frances on December 30, 2013

    This small book is delightful in its compact overview of an inherently fascinating topic: the homes we build. 500 pictures of 500 houses range from native dwellings to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, representing six continents and weighted toward the UK and USA, Japan and Europe.By its nature this is the briefest of looks at iconic and important instances of human dwellings. Though the text is minimal it is stunningly packed with interesting facts and historical context. Of course the book suffers from having only one picture of each house, but the color photos that ARE here are lovely and illustrative. The entries are ordered alphabetically by architect, designer, patron or tribe, and an incomplete index based on country is not much help in finding entries. (Like many Phaidon books, the content is superb but the index is poor.) A handy glossary helps you brush up on your Art Nouveau and Bauhaus.This is a superb little introduction to the many types of houses humans have lived in, a friendly conversation starter or an excellent introduction to the subject for children interested in architecture or design, or homeschoolers. I really enjoyed leafing through this beautiful little book; the pictures and text were compelling, and I learned about some interesting architects and their ideas, and appreciated the effort to tie the examples into the history of architecture. I was disappointed not to see an entry for the delightful town of Portmeirion in Wales, but pleased to see others. I thought the photos did justice to the places I'd actually been, and I now have a long list of new places I'd like to visit.The image to represent Frank Gehry is his own house in California. For Gaudi, one of my favorite architects, they use Palau Guell. I also saw examples of the work of others whose work is similar. The book is well done, fun and compact. A lovely party book.

  • By Barton Poulson on May 23, 2007

    I was thrilled with this book (and all the other mini-Phaidon books: The Art Book, The Movie Book, The Fashion Book, and The Garden Book -- I think that's all). It's absolutely gorgeous with large pictures on each page and just enough text to make it interesting and informative. I love the alphabetical organization that essentially randomizes all the eras and countries, thus making the diversity more apparent. And, of course, IT'S CHEAP! I love it!

  • By Susan in Chilmark on November 17, 2013

    A visual history of the world in architecture in a nutshell. This is an essential book for any personal art library.


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