Modern House 2

A survey of the world's most innovative and inspiring modern residential architecture.

Clare Melhuish


Price: USD$35.00

Following the format of Phaidon's hugely popular Modern House, Modern House 2 is a survey of the world's most innovative and inspiring contemporary houses. Organized thematically, it examines over 30 houses considering contemporary issues such as ecological concerns, changing patterns of living, building with sensitivity in increasingly populated cities, and respecting the environment when building in isolated rural areas.

It also discusses concept houses for the future, focusing on international competition designs or commissions for 'model houses' and offers an insight into future possibilities for domestic architecture. Architects and practices featured include Glenn Murcutt, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Foster and Partners, Williams and Tsien, Günter Behnisch, Patkau Architects, SANAA, Herzog & de Meuron, Marcos Acayaba and Gabriel Poole.

Modern House 2 responds to an increasing level of knowledge and sophisticated interest in design and environmental issues to illustrate that striking and innovative design can be achieved within the framework of common concerns about everyday living patterns that affect us all.


Format: Paperback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 240 pp
Illustrations: 340 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714843810

Clare Melhuish is an architectural critic and anthropologist specializing in modern architecture and cultural identity. She is the author of the Phaidon monograph Odile Decq: Benoît Cornette (1996) and Editor of Architecture and Anthropology (AD Profile 124, Academy Editions, 1996). She has written extensively for the Architectural Press and other publications since the mid-1980s.

'Love or loathe modern architecture, you can't deny this is an impressive book.' (Self-Build)
'They should give out free spittoons with this book. After a few minutes gawping at the pictures in Modern House 2 you'll find a small pool of drool hanging from your lip. After a few minutes more you will have turned a fetching shade of green. If only we could all live in a modern house…See many definitive houses of the 90s…Feel free to daydream but try not to embarrass yourself.' (Guardian)

'Due to the clarity and candour of the author's mind, you might call this volume hunky-dory, with its fine photographs and production values we expect to find from Phaidon…Melhuish's assiduous choice of material and her accompanying comments gave me hope what might happen in the next decade…Were I a young married parent toying with the idea of building a house, or especially an aspiring architecture student, I would hug anyone giving me this book for Christmas. It is so full of ideas about people as they happen to be, which is why I described Melhuish's choice as assiduous.' (Architects' Journal)

'Well-illustrated and intelligently compiled…Modern House 2 is…excellent, both as a source book and as a broad brush survey of current architectural trends.' (Royal Institute of British Architects)
'A highly enlightening book.' (Frame, Netherlands)

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