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David Adjaye

Living Spaces

Peter Allison


A collection of nine contemporary houses designed by one of the most influential and exciting architects of his generation

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David Adjaye’s award-winning buildings and urban schemes have met with critical and popular acclaim around the world. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, Adjaye enjoyed a wide-ranging education and opened his first office in London in 1994, making his name with a series of innovative houses for artists and creatives.

After twenty years of practice, houses now represent a smaller portion of Adjaye’s work but continue to play a significant role in his output and development as an architect. Here, nine outstanding examples in diverse settings on four continents – from a Victorian suburb in London, to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a country park outside Nanjing, and a coastal landscape in Ghana – are presented in vivid detail. Each project engages sensitively with its location, pushes the boundaries of spatial invention and challenges received concepts of domestic space in the twenty-first century.

Adjaye’s artistry, his graceful compositions and unexpected materials, are explored in richly detailed photographs and drawings, which celebrate an architect at the height of his creative powers.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback with half-height jacket

Size: 26.0 x 30.0 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Illustrations: 305

Publication date: 26 October 2017

ISBN: 9780500343258

Contents List

Foreword: David Adjaye : Living Spaces • Pitch Black, New York, USA, 2003–2006 • Sunken House, London, UK, 2003–2007 • LN House, Denver, USA, 2005–2007 • Silverlight, London, UK, 2002–2009 • Seven, New York, USA, 2004–2010 • Asem Pa, Make It Right, New Orleans, USA, 2007–2011 • Nanjing House, Nanjing, China, 2004–2012 • Nkron, Ghana, 2008–2012 • Hill House, Trinidad, 2008–2014

About the Author

Peter Allison is a London-based exhibition curator and teacher.