There's no place like home. Especially when you own one of these beautiful residences. In our case, the grass is truly greener on the other side and we can only dream of being able to live in these cosy cottages, lush villas and relaxing beach houses. But dreaming doesn't hurt and at the same time this publication is also just a very interesting addition to your coffee table.
Homes for our time: Contemporary houses around the world (Taschen)
This book will take you from Australia and New Zealand, China and Vietnam to the US and Mexico. Each residence is completely in harmony with its surroundings, but each time in a very distinct and singular way. Because how could you, as an architect, not incorporate the beautiful nature of for example Ecuador or Costa Rica in your design?
"A journey around the world through the most exceptional contemporary residences"
Ensuring that architecture does not create a visual break in the landscape and at the same time that outdoor environment inside is something that contemporary architects like Shigeru Ban and Marcio Kogan are working on day in, day out. Their groundbreaking work could not be left out of this book. In addition, realisations by up-and-coming talents such as Aires Mateus, Vo Trong Nghia and Kamal Malik are also put in the spotlight. One by one they are phenomenal private homes that might make you jealous of the owners, but they can also teach you a lot about the possibilities of architecture. There are even some pages dedicated to the Belgian agency DMVA, which designed an extremely unique standalone building in the West Flemish city of Houthulst on the basis of nine squares with a central patio and covered terrace.
The book was published at the end of last year but is still for sale online.
Header photo: Casa Kwantes by MVRDV © Ossip van Duivenbode
Images (top to bottom, left to right):
Encina House by Aranguren & Gallegos © Jesús Granada
House in Chau Doc by Shunri Nishizawa © Hiroyuki Oki
Returning Hut by Xu Fu-Min © Wu Yong-Chang