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  • LIVING IN NATURE
    LIVING IN NATURE
    ISBN: 9781838662509
    Title: LIVING IN NATURE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: April 2021 New Release

    An awe-inspiring collection of contemporary homes designed to foster a connection with the essential elements of landscape

    Living in Nature showcases a selection of architect-designed houses that have something fundamental in common: a special relationship with the natural world. Each of the book's 50 homes is carefully chosen for its stunning location, whether cocooned within the earth itself or soaring high amongst treetops, surrounded by cooling waters, or resisting the desert heat. With a wealth of photographs showcasing each house inside and out, Living in Nature offers inspiration - and tranquillity.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95
    Price: $59.95
  • LIVING IN THE LANDSCAPE : Extraordinary Rural Homes in Australia and New Zealand
    LIVING IN THE LANDSCAPE : Extraordinary Rural Homes in Australia and New Zealand
    JOHNSON ANNA / BLACK RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780500501191
    Title: LIVING IN THE LANDSCAPE : Extraordinary Rural Homes in Australia and New Zealand
    Author: JOHNSON ANNA / BLACK RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Living in the Landscape explores new and exciting relationships between landscape and design. It examines how architects increasingly use various nuanced landscape conditions as inspiration and sites for creativity.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • LIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS
    LIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS
    ISBN: 9781838660840
    Title: LIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whether snow-capped, rocky, or covered with verdant forest, the sublime wilderness of mountains has inspired humans for millennia.

    Offering respite from urban living and a profound connection to nature, mountain landscapes also present unique challenges that have resulted in innovative, resourceful, and beautiful residential architecture.

    LIVING IN THE MOUTAINS is the definitive global tour, showcasing the finest examples of architect-designed homes, whether furnished with impressive views, offering protection from harsh environments, or simply reveling in their extraordinary altitude.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • LIVING ON VACATION
    LIVING ON VACATION
    ISBN: 9781838660406
    Title: LIVING ON VACATION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Packed with the spirit of sanctuary, LIVING ON VACATION is an inspiring showcase of spaces used exclusively for retreat and rejuvenation; from sun-drenched private islands and peaceful lakeside cottages to intimate mountain hideaways and secluded desert villas. This volume goes further than any other in search of the world's most desirable havens, featuring fabulous, architect-designed homes from across the globe, each illustrated inside and out with carefully curated photography emphasizing each home's stunning location.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • LIVING ON WATER : Contemporary Houses Framed By Water
    LIVING ON WATER : Contemporary Houses Framed By Water
    ISBN: 9780714875729
    Title: LIVING ON WATER : Contemporary Houses Framed By Water
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A sumptuous survey of houses built with a strong connection to the oceans, lakes, rivers, and pools around them Living on Water showcases the finest examples of residential architecture that have one thing in common - their special relationship to that most essential of elements: water.

    These homes have been designed with water as a fundamental key to their very essence - whether built with a water view, built on water itself, or built to be reflected in water - and the results are stunning. This is a global tour that provides endless inspiration.

    "...Let water in, where possible, not hope to subdue Mother Nature... Live with the water, rather than struggle to defeat it."- New York Times

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • LIVING OUTSIDE : Reviving the Australian Modernist Garden
    LIVING OUTSIDE : Reviving the Australian Modernist Garden
    MACKAY SHARON
    ISBN: 9781760760557
    Title: LIVING OUTSIDE : Reviving the Australian Modernist Garden
    Author: MACKAY SHARON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Australian garden was born mid-20th-century, a time of postwar confidence and growing national identity. Gardens became outdoor rooms for recreation and healthy living – removing the barriers between inside and out – and bold designs celebrated native Australian plants.

    The mid-century modern aesthetic has seen a revival in recent years, with contemporary garden designers reinterpreting the optimism, innovation and independence of that era. The gardens in Living Outside speak to an Australia that draws on the confidence of the last century while pushing the boundaries of experimentation, all to rise to the environmental and social challenges of today.

    The featured projects embrace their unique landscapes, from coastal cliffs and expansive grassland to tropical forest and even urban neighbourhoods. They also reflect a return to modernism – not just the look and feel, but also the functionality and values of invention, conservation and wellbeing.

    These gardens are more than just ornamental backdrops: they provide shade for neighbourhoods, food for pollinating insects, habitat for wildlife, hubs for both social interaction and moments of respite. They are platforms for research into resilient futures, experiments in sustainability and places for families to grow. They have been designed in response to their contexts and exemplify the singular and joyous spaces that can result from a deep appreciation of place.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • LIVING WITH STONE
    LIVING WITH STONE
    ISBN: 9783864073328
    Title: LIVING WITH STONE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Its presence in architectural history proves that few materials provide as much security and warmth as stone. This book contains a selection of stone built houses, an optimal choice for those looking to retreat from the noise, pollution and stress of big city living and who long to live in a more natural environment. In addition to being a source of inspiration, this volume serves as a visual guide to the different types of stone and their applications in structures, finishes and decoration. Because durability and strength are among the basic properties of this precious material, the many examples of public buildings that have withstood the test of time and help create sustainable societies are impossible to ignore.

    Imprint: KOENEMAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • MAKE A HOME TO LOVE
    MAKE A HOME TO LOVE
    MCNAMARA ANNA-CARIN
    ISBN: 9781925589771
    Title: MAKE A HOME TO LOVE
    Author: MCNAMARA ANNA-CARIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Have you ever picked up an interior design magazine, drooled over the beautiful, stylised spaces, put it back down, looked around your home and thought, ‘How on earth do I do this?’ Do you want a home of which you can be proud? A home that you are happy to return to every single day? A home that you truly love? If so, then this book is for you.

    Make a Home to Love takes you through ten simple steps that will help you to review your home and turn it into a place you can love and be proud of for years to come. Written by Swedish-born interior designer Anna-Carin McNamara, the book offers practical, accessible advice on how to turn any home into a stylish Scandinavian sanctuary.‘

    Make a Home to Love teaches you how to create a home you love – one that you love spending time in every day – so that you can excel in all areas of your life, because your home and the spaces you spend time in influence your productivity, creativity and inspiration.’ —Kristina Karlsson, founder of kikki.K

    Imprint: BRIO BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • MINIMALISM
    MINIMALISM
    ISBN: 9783864075384
    Title: MINIMALISM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A beautiful book which combines a multitude of exquisite images of important minimalist design around the world. This series shows different ways of interpreting and expressing minimalism in interior design and architecture

    Imprint: KOENEMAN
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • MMXX : Two Decades of Architecture in Australia
    MMXX : Two Decades of Architecture in Australia
    BRUHN CAMERON
    ISBN: 9781760760885
    Title: MMXX : Two Decades of Architecture in Australia
    Author: BRUHN CAMERON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    MMXX tells the story of architecture in Australia in the first two decades of the 21st century. Shaped by unprecedented prosperity, urbanisation, uncertainty and internationalisation, the past two decades have produced some of the most significant and diverse architecture in this country. This richly illustrated volume reflects on and evaluates this period, taking the reader on a journey through varying scales and locations – from ambitious city-making projects to finely crafted homes and elegant sheds nestled in the scenic countryside.

    Showcasing 59 acclaimed projects completed between 2000 and 2019, the book features work by more than 100 practices. Turn the pages to experience the urban generosity of Harry Seidler & Associates’ Riparian Plaza in Brisbane, visit the irreverent and culture-shaping Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart by Fender Katsalidis, and explore ARM Architecture’s iconic Shrine of Remembrance on Melbourne’s grand axis. Highlighting the impact of the buildings, each is paired with a number that tells a story of occupation: capacity concert audiences, the number of babies born and large crowds gathered to witness moments in history. Alongside the key projects, ten essays by leading thinkers document the cultures and ideas that have shaped architecture today.

    MMXX guides the reader through contemporary architecture in Australia, foregrounding its invaluable contribution to our built environment and inspiring an optimistic future.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $69.99
  • MODERN ARCHITECTURE : A Critical History
    MODERN ARCHITECTURE : A Critical History
    FRAMPTON KENNETH
    ISBN: 9780500204443
    Title: MODERN ARCHITECTURE : A Critical History
    Author: FRAMPTON KENNETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This highly acclaimed survey of modern architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980, and has helped to shape architectural practice and discourse worldwide. For this extensively revised and updated fifth edition, Kenneth Frampton has added a new section that explores in detail the modernist tradition in architecture across the globe in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. He examines the varied ways in which architects are not only responding to the geographical, climatic, material and cultural contexts of their buildings, but also pursuing distinct lines of approach that emphasize topography, morphology, sustainability, materiality habitat and civic form. It remains an essential book for all students of architecture and architectural history.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • MODERN CONTAINER ARCHITECTURE
    MODERN CONTAINER ARCHITECTURE
    HART AIDAN
    ISBN: 9781864707052
    Title: MODERN CONTAINER ARCHITECTURE
    Author: HART AIDAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Shipping containers are the quintessential symbol of commerce and product distribution around the world. They represent global mobility and our capacity to move anything from anywhere. It is ironic, then, that they are increasingly being used for architectural installations, forming more static temporary and permanent structures, including housing.

    This book provides an informative overview of the advent of containerization and investigates a great range of modern architectural applications.

    It explores creativity in commercial design; innovative use of space; pop-up trends; plug-in architecture; how to balance budget with aesthetic concerns; and technical and structural considerations.

    Richly illustrated, with unique design narratives, the full-color case studies throughout showcase the innovative use of modern containers.

    Imprint: IMAGES PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • MOVABLE ARCHITECTURE : A Design Guide to Container Reuse
    MOVABLE ARCHITECTURE : A Design Guide to Container Reuse
    GILBERT ROSS
    ISBN: 9781864707694
    Title: MOVABLE ARCHITECTURE : A Design Guide to Container Reuse
    Author: GILBERT ROSS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Focusing on the requirement for energy-efficient sustainable architecture with a small carbon footprint, this book explores the many ways in which containers can be renovated to create housing and more. With environmentally friendly design, low associated costs and ease of mobility, containers could be a great future contributor to the development of low-carbon architecture.

    This book features a detailed analysis of over 40 container projects, each with their own prominent features. These are presented alongside landscape plans, technical drawings and text explanations. In addition to the case studies, design guidelines are supplied alongside information regarding the relevant construction standards for container buildings, making this book both inspirational and a practical source of resources for designers and architects.

    Imprint: IMAGES PUBLISHING GROUP
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • NEW ECO HOMES : NEW IDEAS FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING
    NEW ECO HOMES : NEW IDEAS FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING
    GUTIERREZ MANEL
    ISBN: 9780062395184
    Title: NEW ECO HOMES : NEW IDEAS FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING
    Author: GUTIERREZ MANEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stunning, full-color showcase of the latest innovations in sustainable architecture and eco-friendly design, featuring thirty-five diverse homes.

    Today’s architects, designers, building craftsman, and homeowners are becoming more environmentally conscious, choosing eco-friendly living spaces with small carbon footprints that are built with sustainable materials. New Eco Homes explores various aspects of modern eco design, from its environmental and economical benefits, to factors considered when choosing materials: how much energy went into manufacturing the product, whether it is long lasting, and whether it can be recycled or safely disposed of as it eventually breaks down. It also examines important details involved in building, such as climate regulation, drainage systems, and regional planning. Each of the thirty-five projects contain photographs, floor plans, and detailed drawings that illustrate certain sustainable features, revealing how much the parameters of ecological design have expanded in just a few short years.

    New Eco Homes includes an introductory interview with an international specialist in green building, site plans, architectural drawings, and a complete directory of resources. Combining concern for the environmental with aesthetic sensibility, it is an essential resource for architects, designers, and homeowners interested in creating warm and inviting homes that are not only beautiful to inhabit, but help protect and conserve our natural environment as well.

    Imprint: HARPER DESIGN
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • NEW HISTORY OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE
    NEW HISTORY OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE
    DAVIES COLIN
    ISBN: 9781786270566
    Title: NEW HISTORY OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE
    Author: DAVIES COLIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Colin Davies subjects the canonical architecture of the twentieth century to a thorough reassessment. Rather than repeating the standard wisdom, Davies questions the values and judgements that are so often the mainstay of architectural surveys, and in doing so asks: what is the importance of the style we know as Modernism?

    Combining a fascinating, well-researched, and, above all, readable text with photographs and drawings, this history is a must for students and lovers of modern architecture alike.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $100.00

    Price: $100.00
  • NEW OLD HOUSE : Historic & Modern Architecture Combined
    NEW OLD HOUSE : Historic & Modern Architecture Combined
    KRISTAL MARC
    ISBN: 9781419724046
    Title: NEW OLD HOUSE : Historic & Modern Architecture Combined
    Author: KRISTAL MARC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An international collection of groundbreaking architectural preservation projects featuring 18 private homes transformed by top architects



    The New Old House presents 18 private historic homes, from North America to Europe, and traces the ingenious ways architects have revitalized and refreshed them for a new generation.

    Most of the renovations occurred in the last decade, but all of the homes have origins reaching back into the past, in some cases hundreds of years. Projects and firms featured include Greenwich House, Allan Greenberg; Longbranch, Jim Olson; Astley Castle, Witherford Watson Mann; Hunsett Mill, Acme; Cotswolds House, Richard Found; plus more than a dozen others. These projects address such timely factors as sustainability, multiculturalism, preservation, and style, and demonstrate the unique beauty and elegance that comes from the interweaving of modernity and history.


    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
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