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Lightness in Contemporary Houses

Phyllis Richardson

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A collection of innovative contemporary lightweight houses whose design and construction ‘touch the earth lightly’

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One of the most influential design philosophies of the past 25 years has been Glenn Murcutt’s dictum that buildings should ‘touch the earth lightly’. While architects have always sought to liberate architecture from its solid foundations through the use of new materials and spatial reconfigurations, climate change, new materials and restricted land use have given new impetus to finding lightweight solutions for our homes.

‘Superlight’ houses combine two strands of thinking: that lightweight buildings have less impact on their environments, and that this lightness (visually, materially, ecologically) can lead to more open living and greater communion with their surroundings.

Each of the 41 featured houses is shown through photographs, plans and lucid explanations. Residences that appear to float, ingenious constructions using local materials, innovative structures, inflatable spaces, high-tech hyper-intelligent houses: superlight takes many forms, in many places, from the urban jungle of Tokyo to rural China and mountainous Chile.

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'Truly special and unique … Grand designs indeed'

'The innovative lightweight plastic cover of this book hints at the pioneering content within … Plans bring depth to each scheme'
Homes & Gardens

'Stunning photography, illuminating floor plans and expert explanations'
Elle Decoration

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 25.0 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 1 September 2014

ISBN: 9780500342961

About the Author

Phyllis Richardson has published numerous books on lifestyle, interiors and building, including multiple volumes of the ‘StyleCity’ travel series.

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