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Off the Grid

Houses for Escape

Dominic Bradbury


The ultimate escapist collection of self-sufficient cabins and retreats in the world’s most stunning and inaccessible locations

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Recent advances in technologies and home-generated renewable energy have made building away from urban and rural infrastructures more practical, affordable and desirable than ever. This survey of the world’s most innovative off-grid homes reveals the stunning spaces and constructions that enable us to escape to some of the most extraordinary natural environments on the planet.

All of the houses featured in Off the Grid are fully, or almost fully, self-sufficient in terms of energy, water and, in some cases, food. Architecture and interior design expert Dominic Bradbury reveals how each house makes everyday living in these wild and natural settings a rewarding and tempting reality. From snowbound cabins in the far Northern Hemisphere to coastal retreats that can only be accessed by boat, the diverse projects collected here show the ingenious ways in which architects and their clients are tackling extreme climates, remoteness and construction challenges for new lifestyles that are both liberating and sustainable.

The imperative to reduce our carbon footprints and refocus on renewable sources of energy has a profound impact on our domestic lives. Off the Grid proves that creative architecture, design and technology are redefining living a truly responsible and fulfilling lifestyle.

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'Stunning … [an] inspirational overview'
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'The key here is a desire to be as close to nature as possible, while still enjoying some seriously stylish architecture and interiors … this is a book about escapism, which we can vicariously enjoy via the printed page'

'Cutting edge in both their architecture and their technology, almost every house featured is also self-sufficient in terms of energy and water'
House & Garden

'This international selection - ranging from Thoreauvian writer’s cabins to two-storey barns with acres of glazing - offers bracing independence from utilities and the chance of a digital detox'
World of Interiors

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 29.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Illustrations: 310

Publication date: 21 February 2019

ISBN: 9780500021422

About the Author

Dominic Bradbury is a journalist and writer specializing in architecture and design. He is the author of many books on the subject, including Mountain Modern, New Brazilian House, Vertical Living, Mid Century Modern Complete, The Iconic Interior, Mediterranean Modern, New Natural Home and The Iconic House, all published by Thames & Hudson.

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