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Explore 400 of the world's most innovative and influential architect-designed houses created since the early 20th century

Throughout history, houses have presented architects the world over with infinite opportunities to experiment with new methods and materials for domestic living.

Houses: Extraordinary Living celebrates the incredible diversity and beauty of the house as never before, from Modernist icons to feats of technological, material, and spatial innovation in the 21st century.

The 400 houses in this collection are organized in curated pairings, with each entry featuring an evocative image and an engaging description. Styles presented include Modernism, Postmodernism, Brutalism, Regionalism, Deconstructivism, and International Style. Houses are from countries and locations worldwide that are famed for their houses, such as Australia and Japan, the Case Study Houses in Los Angeles, New Canaan in Connecticut, and Fire Island in New York.

Explore the creative imaginations of hundreds of internationally renowned architects past and present, as well as dozens of awe-inspiring houses by lesser-known and emerging talents. Iconic architects of the twentieth century, including Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Marcel Breuer, as well as the very best of contemporary architects working around the world today, such as Tadao Ando, Grafton, and Steven Holl are included.

Houses: Extraordinary Living is the perfect gift for designers and architects, and anyone interested in where - and how - people live.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 245 x 210 mm (9 5/8 x 8 1/4 in)
  • Pages: 448 pp
  • Illustrations: 270 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714878096

Conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors


"This new title celebrates the remarkable diversity of residential sites from the last 200 years... Featuring an exciting selection of visionaries past and present... A quick flick through the publication reveals a host of experimental and avant-garde projects: levitating masses, prototypes made of concrete and fibreglass, radically open-plan layouts all come together in immense numbers (and detail)."—Aesthetica magazine

"Houses deftly scans the diversity and innovation of more than 400 domestic spaces... with a single sumptuous photograph illustrating each project."—Design Anthology

"Organized in curated pairings, each of the entries are filled with awe-inspiring imagery and colorful descriptions, making Houses: Extraordinary Living a perfect addition for both architectural enthusiasts and people simply looking for coffee table books alike."—Hypebeast

"[Some] of the most innovative - and sometimes eccentric—abodes of the past century."—Artsy

"...A jumping-off place for learning about houses and architects of interest... [Houses is] a testament to the diversity of house."—Archidose blog

"These exceptional architectural residences exemplify the best of extraordinary living."—Architectural Digest Online

"Houses: Extraordinary Living, explores the diversity of some of the world's most awe-inspiring abodes."—BBC News online

"Houses: Extraordinary Living celebrates the incredible diversity and beauty of the house."—ASPIRE: Design and Home Magazine

"This coffee table must-have showcases the diversity of and experiments in domestic living."—SRQ Online

"Illustrated with photos of 400 wonderfully diverse and creative homes, this title celebrates the collision of architecture and domesticity through the lens of famed architects such as Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe as well as brilliant modern-day architects and emerging talents."—Modern in Denver

"...The ultimate book for anyone with an interest in design - and a rare peek into how people live."—The Globe and Mail

"Wow, Wow, Wow, is the title I would've given Houses: Extraordinary Living... A visual feast that offers a sense of discovery and interesting stories, while also just being really fun to look at."—Design Within Reach Blog

"[A] bright, beautiful book, which celebrates the diversity of the home... A must-have for any homes enthusiast."—ELLE Decoration

"Any selfbuilder looking for inspiration would do well to browse the pages of this handsome book. There is inspiration on virtually every page... this is the ultimate volume of house porn."—Self Build & Design magazine

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