Living on Water: Contemporary Houses Framed By WaterPhaidon Editors

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


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 290 × 250 mm (11 3/8 × 9 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 272 pp
  • Illustrations: 341 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714875729

Conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors

"We should all immediately decamp to the seaside. But if that isn't possible, take a temporary reprieve from reality with the latest publication from Phaidon." —

"Showcases the finest examples of contemporary architecture featuring a special relationship with water... Beautiful." —

"Warning: this book may cause swooning and feelings of extreme envy. Living on Water is a collection of photographs of some of the world's most stunning examples of contemporary architecture harmonising serenely with lakes, oceans and rivers." —The Independent I

"Marveling over the beautiful selection of 55 homes - classified under three categories: Built To Look At Water, Built On Water and, finally, Built To Reflect Water - is to undergo an exercise of meditation and mental decluttering, and to discover architectural dreams realized."—Vogue Online

"A stunning exploration of residential architecture designed with an intimate relationship to water... Every page, including some truly major projects, offers either a chance for escape or for interior inspiration."—

"The relationship between land, house and water is diligently explored here... Featuring some of the most innovative and impressive buildings... The book is truly inspirational, as well as aspirational."—The Lady

"Awe-inspiring homes... Evocative photographs show the balance between structure and element... [A] sumptuous book."—Homes & Interiors Scotland

"Bliss out on these pictures of awesome aquatic abodes... Mesmerising."—ShortList

"Leave it to the talented people at Phaidon to turn our wanderlust for the waves and our desire to be near the water into an experience you can have without ever leaving your living room... Living on Water: Contemporary Houses Framed by Water will make you want to drop everything you're doing and head to the water."—Cool Material

"A great book for daydreaming about your next beach Airbnb."—HiConsumption

"The daydreamy new book Living on Water, from Phaidon, shows us through stunning photography just how heartachingly wonderful, and surprising, a life by water can be, when design is so thoughtfully considered... The pages flow like a guided excursion into exhilarating, exclusive territory. The perfect book to sit with and let wash over you, it's a glimpse into aspirational living at its purest."—

"A new book showcases some of the globe's finest contemporary dwellings with cutting-edge architecture and aquatic views to die for."—Australian Financial Review

"The shape of water... Grand designs with an aquatic air... Envy-inducing."—Canary Wharf

"Showcases the sense of calm and serenity created by homes in harmony with nature and water... Inspiration awaits!"—Psychologies

"Indulge in the best art form of the aquatic escapism with new coffee table tome Living on Water. This weighty book showcases the best examples of residential architecture… the results are stunning."—Project Calm

"[A] stunning coffee table book focused on nothing but eye-popping contemporary homes with strong connections to H2O."—Airows

"Whatever your waterway of choice - be it ocean, lake, river or pond - you'll find inspiration in this volume... Reader beware: Living on Water is all about those living the dream - and drinking in the sumptuous images splashed about within will likely build a thirst to join them."—Belle (Australia)

"[A] gorgeous new book."—The Globe and Mail

"Articulates a harmonious connection between architecture and water."—Home & Design, Chesapeake Views