All you need to know about Living in Nature
Our new book features a breathtaking collection of contemporary homes designed to foster a connection with the essential elements of landscape
Getting back to the land doesn’t mean forgetting about contemporary culture. Our new book Living in Nature features fifty of the most beautiful, notable and impressive houses constructed over the past thirteen years. Each lies as far from the maddening, urban sprawl as any tired city dweller would desire.
Subtitled Contemporary Houses in the Natural World, this carefully edited selection of domestic architecture from across the world demonstrates how, in a world where most of us now live in towns and cities, beautiful architecture can still find its place in natural settings.
The book’s entries are arranged into elemental chapter headings: Air is filled with beautiful tree houses and mountain refuges; Earth is packed with bucolic, countryside places; Fire is all desert dwellings, volcanic bolt holes and tropical retreats; and water all lake, river and beach houses.
There are plenty of works from notable architects and practices, including Felipe Assadi, Olson Kundig, and Studio MK27. However, the book’s strength lies in its selection of lesser-known names, who nevertheless have created breathtakingly beautiful houses. Look out for tough, tiny architectural creations, hanging on to impossibly high and remote mountain ridges, uplifting treetop dwellings; and splendidly isolated escapes, set in rugged, arid plains.
The book’s extensive photography allows readers to see these places both on the interior and the exterior, while the accompanying text explains how and why they were built.
Living in Nature is a continuation in Phaidon’s successful series of domestic architecture books: Living in the Desert, Living on Vacation, and Living in the Mountains. This new title is perfectly suited to our time, as many have developed a new found appreciation of nature, as well as a desperate longing to see more of the world.
Armchair travellers can flit from the treetops of Costa Rica to the Norwegain mountain peaks as they flick through these pages; architects and architectural enthusiasts can discover more about contemporary home creation in the most extreme climates; and anyone who might feel as if the concrete jungle isn’t quite as rewarding a environment as they used to think will find solace and enjoyment in these pages. To find out more and order a copy of this great new book, take a look at Living in Nature in our store.