A fascinating, detailed history of the international modern house, generously illustrated with 400 photographs and architectural drawings.
The design and organization of the house have been sources of endless experimentation and innovation for modern architects, a means to try out new theories, styles, forms and materials. Twentieth Century Residential Architecture gives a detailed, comprehensive treatment of the history of the modern house, covering all the key examples together with many others that are less well-known but equally important.
The book is organized semi-chronologically around major themes: the house as a work of art; the modern house; machines for living in; place, climate and culture; the American dream; Scandinavian modernism; the post-modern dwelling and the continuity and transformation of contemporary house architecture.
Through these themes the author tells the story of innovative domestic architecture from the Arts and Crafts period in the late nineteenth century up to the present. Each chapter covers a wide range of houses, while key examples are examined in greater depth. Seminal buildings are illustrated with detailed architectural drawings and full-color illustrations. In addition to providing a formal analysis of these important buildings, the author considers ways in which the designs of houses both reflect and influence changing lifestyles.