Friday, August 30, 2013
by Alejandro Bahamon
The new generation of hotels can afford to be more detailed and exotic as the 41 truly world class lodgings featured from such diverse locations as Sydney, Marrakech and Beunos Aires reveal.
New concepts in renovating
Publisher: Structure Publishing
Date: 2005 Format: PDF Language: English
Functionality and aesthetics come together beautifully in this volume featuring a wide-ranging selection of outstanding renovations and additions carried out by internationally renowned architects. The designing architects of the renovation projects share their expertise by contributing their own commentary on each project. Phase-by-phase breakdowns of each gorgeously illustrated project, concept sketches, floor plans, and thorough technical information on each, make this a highly informative guide to innovations in renovating.
New Concepts in Apartment Buildings
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Apartment architecture has come a long way since the days when functionality took precedence over aesthetic conditions. Today, the two concepts go hand in hand. Each project in this volume goes that extra step beyond meeting basic requirements to providing qualities which add texture and beauty to daily life. As but one example: the building with entire facades of double layers of glass encasing living plants within. Photos, texts, ground plans and construction details all help provide thorough understanding of each project.
Friday, August 23, 2013
New Classicists : American Architecture
William T. Baker
William T. Baker is an acclaimed designer of fine custom homes. For the past seventeen years he has distinguished himself with his superior designs, craftsmanship and unique architectural details. The result is a range of one-of-a-kind homes, from casual beach houses to primary residences. Baker brings clients into the process, to ensure that the end result is more than just needs met, but a vision fulfilled. He believes 'the design process should be collaborative, dynamic, gratifying and fun'.
Los Angeles Houses
by Cristina Montes
This volume examines some of the highlights of domestic living around Los Angeles, and points out some of the major influences: Art Deco, Spanish and contemporary architecture; spacious, light-filled rooms; and plenty of wood, steel and concrete. It examines how the city's flamboyant past has shaped the landscape, as well as how cutting-edge architects and interior designers continue to create exciting new styles and structures. Architects such as Richard Meier are featured here along with firms such as Bobrow Thomas & Associates, Legorreta and Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates. The book features photographs, floor plans and sketches.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Houses of the World
Fransisco Asensio Cerver
With more than 2,000 four-color photographs on 1,000 pages, each of these books presents the most significant examples of luxurious living from recent years. "Houses of the World" - This book presents residential architecture of the most luxurious kind around the globe. The intelligent use of light and space is revealed in the incorporation of each living area. Accordingly, the presentations of the homes are organized according to city, sea, country and mountain environments. The stimulus of the combinations of materials and colors will have an inspiring effect even for owners of less stately quarters.
Great Glass Building
Images Publishing Dist A/C | | 228 Pages | PDF | 51 Mb
In Great Glass Buildings , Peter and Jennifer Hyatt present fifty exemplary modern projects that explore a number of theories about the nature, mystique and attraction of glass in the architecture of recent years. Variously performing roles that include giftwrap, lightweight armour, transmitter and insulator, glass began its re-emergence as an architectural force during the 1990s, as a symbol of new modernism. Advances in glass-making and construction technology and the advent of structural glazing, fixing systems, glass coatings and waterproof connections have transformed the ambitious dreams of the past into reality. Including projects by Foster and Partners, Murphy Jahn, Santiago Calatrava, Shigeru Ban, Renzo Piano and many others, this book reveals the complex nature of glass in today's architecture.
Good Green Homes
Gibbs Smith | 2003 | | 160 pages | PDF | 25,5 MB
Green. It conjures images of a meadow in spring for some, and the color of money for others. What does "green" have to do with our homes? In essence, green building-or sustainable building-means being smart about how we use energy, water, and building materials so that we can live well without needlessly damaging the environment. Creating a good green home isn't just about conservation, about using less or saving more-although that's certainly part of it. It's about creating better homes that are easier on the environment, less expensive over the long term, and more delightful to come home to. That's the message Jennifer Roberts wants to share in Good Green Homes, the ultimate new guide for people who want to live in comfortable, healthy, environmentally conscious homes.
With some simple steps outlined in this book, you can save money, and do your part to help save the environment. For instance, using an energy-efficient light bulb saves you money. It also results in less demand for electricity, which in turn results in less pollution from power plants, which may help a child with asthma breathe a little easier.
If you associate green-built housing with the unconventional or the quirky-tree houses, geodesic domes, dwellings constructed of tires or soda bottles-think again. Perfect for homeowners, remodelers, renters (who might be surprised by how much is within their power to change), architects, builders, and interior designers, this book lays out seven fundamental principles of green building, illustrated with more than 150 color and 20 black and white photographs of more than twenty-five homes.
Jennifer Roberts launched two retail stores in San Francisco specializing in environmentally sensible consumer products, including household goods; and is a freelance writer and editor on topics that include energy-efficient building design and systems.
Dream Homes : 100 inspirational interiors
by Andreas Von Einsiedel, Johanna Thornycroft
Dream Homes presents an exciting kaleidoscope of locations and home-decoration ideas from across the globe, from urban sophistication to casual colourful hideaways in the sun. More than 800 stunning images by renowned interiors photographer Andreas von Einsiedel accompany concise project descriptions by leading writer Johanna Thornycroft that compellingly describe the key characteristics of each interior and how these have been achieved.
Bungalow Style : Creating Classic Interiors in Your Arts and Crafts Home
Whether renovating, restoring, expanding, or building new, we all share a longing for the values that hark back to the Arts and Crafts era. The lush woodwork, ingenious open plans, and fine finish details are symbolic of a time gone by. Or are they? As Treena Crochet amply illustrates in Bungalow Style, recreating the beauty of these Arts and Crafts gems without sacrificing our modern lifestyles is not only feasible but also deeply rewarding.
Over 300 photographs offer a host of ideas, while case studies and sidebars show real-world examples and offer advice on how to incorporate period-authentic details in your own home. This extensive collection of beautifully photographed interior architectural elements is an indispensable source of information and inspiration for anyone interested in these special homes.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Architectural Design - Domestic Interiors
Instituto Monsa Publishing | | 1997 | PDF | 236 pages | 45.6 Mb
Great examples of interior design in various parts of the world and its authors, ideas and general information.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
100 more of the world's best houses
by Robyn Beaver
Popular demand has led IMAGES' team of researchers to scour the world for yet another stunning collection of homes. The 100 fabulous homes carefully selected for this volume represent contemporary residential architecture in all its myriad forms. Vast differences in location, climate, culture, style, materials, interiors, and even furniture result in a collection that showcases, with full-colour photographs, plans and drawings, the best in international residential architecture. This is a book that can be browsed through time after time, with each viewing guaranteed to inspire, delight and surprise.
100 of the World's Best Houses
Images Publishing Dist A/C | 2006 | | 344 pages | Djvu | 25 MB
100 of the World's Best Houses features exciting contemporary houses from some of the greatest architects, including Hugh Newell Jacobsen (Buckwalter House), Daryl Jackson Architects (Jackson House), Glenn Murcutt (Southern Highlights House), Kisho Kurokawa (Residence), Eric Owen Moss (Lawson-Western House), Ray Kappe (Shapiro Residence), Harry Seidler Hamilton House), Steven Ehrlich (Canyon Residence), Sean Godsell Architects (Carter/Tucker House), Rick Joy (Tyler Residence), and Alberto Campo Baeza (De Blas House). Many of this these inspirational structures are accompanied by detailed plans. The book is inspirational in its many varied designs. Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings, the book has wide appeal to both the layperson and those interested in the finer aspects of design. UK Architects featured Ken Shuttleworth, Architect, Harper Mackay Architects, Marsh & Grochowski, Jestico + Whiles, Foster and Partners, Brookes Stacey Randall, Graham Phillips, Architect, John Wint Review
'For 344 pages of elegant, surprising or beautiful houses from Mount Fuji to Middlesex, look no further than 100 of the World s Best Houses - a title to send architects and interior designers into a state of high excitement.' The Telegraph
100 top houses from Down Under
by Robyn Beaver
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The 100 projects featured in this book represent some of the finest examples of contemporary residences from Australian and New Zealand architects and designers. The projects include award-winners, luxury residences, simple beach shacks, inner-city apartments, rural retreats and suburban family homes, reflecting the way we live, or aspire to live, in the 21st century. That the projects vary so widely is indicative of the enormous variety and originality in the talent and design direction of architects from 'Down Under'. Although the featured projects are diverse in size, location, use, ambience, budget and taste, they are linked by some sommon themes, allowing them to be grouped into a loosely defined 'Down Under' aesthetic. Flipping through the pages of this beautiful coffee-table book, you will agree that the architects and designers of Australia and New Zealand have much to be proud of.
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Friday, August 2, 2013
By The Landscape Architecture of Charles Anderson
2011 | 256 Pages | | PDF | 51 MB
Charles Anderson, FASLA, is a landscape architect and urbanist who focuses on civic expressions that reveal ecological and social phenomena, processes, and relationships.
by Chan Li
English/Chinese | 2011 | | 256 pages | PDF | 69 MB
The book illustrates 44 new architectures for higher education from all over the world. Most of the projects have received some architectural awards.
The Most Beautiful Hotels in the World
by Hyatt Hotels Corporation
2013 | | English | 417 Pages | PDF | 25.55 MB
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. The company's worldwide portfolio consisted of over 480 properties in 45 countries on six continents, under the brand names of Park Hyatt, Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Hyatt Palace and Hyatt House. This book highlights the wide-ranging and diverse hotels that Hyatt is proud to call home. There are examples of truly iconic architecture and environments of sophisticated yet friendly ambience, all combined with Hyatt's pledge of outstanding service and hospitality.
Philip H. Perkins,
2000 | pages: 248 | | PDF | 4,3 mb
The fourth edition of this classic book provides a comprehensive treatise on the design and construction of swimming pools, both public and private. Significantly revised, it covers planning, materials, design, construction and finishing, water circulation and treatment, energy conservation, maintenance and repairs. This is a standard book for all civil engineers who need to design and construct swimming pools, and a useful reference on the design of water-retaining structures.
by Ping Yu
English/Chinese | 2011 | | 269 pages | PDF | 37,5 MB
This book selected a series of showrooms elaborately, sorted into five categories such as housing and accommodation, closes and accessories, the living life, electrons and toys. The words are plain and pictures delicate, introducing the idea and characteristics of showroom design. It has to bring readers refreshing design inspirations.
Shop (Space Series 2)
2012 | | English | 322 pages | PDF | 29.60 MB
Space 2 Shop puts together varied designs that may have been the response to a client brief or site restrictions, or the world around us. Around the time Lewis Carroll's timeless tale Alice in Wonderland was turned into a movie, there has been a resurgence of interest in a topsy turvy world where proportions are skewed. Villa Moda has giant floral patterns which dwarf the human frame. Watch out for the massive light fixture over the mannequins - who knows if this is massive orb is about to suck in people! Colours like white may be used to enhance the space and serve as a neutral background to merchandise. Or they may be unusual or intense warranting a second look. Not surprising then that the Barbie store in Shanghai is a girlish pink while Marc by Marc Jacobs goes heavy on the blue, including navy blue concrete flooring and blue metal shelving. Space 2: shop features 46 residential designs from 32 designers.
by Mandy Li
English/Chinese | 2012 | | 416 pages | PDF | 150,7 MB
Taking Sea as its theme, the design of seaside resort takes full advantages of surrounding topography and environment, considers local culture and history thoroughly, combines the designers unique design styles and fashions perfectly, creates a harmony between landscape, architecture and interior space, and builds a comfortable and romantic seaside atmosphere, making the resort a relaxing and pleasant beachfront paradise.
The book collects 37 seaside resorts of Asia, Africa, Europe, America and Oceania, showing the design styles and glamorous characters of these famous seaside resorts in all aspects.
Residential Skin & Details
by Helen Liu
2013 | | English | 271 Pages | PDF | 28.30 MB
Residential Skin & Details provides analysis of both the technical and the aesthetic importance of details in modern residential architecture. Featuring the work of renowned architect from around the world, this book presents 32 of the most recently completed designs for residential architecture. Each project is presented with colour photographs, plans, sections and elevations, as well as numerous construction details. There is also a descriptive text, detailed captions and in-depth information for each project. Residential Skin & Details is an excellent reference work for practising architects as well as architecture and design students.
Oriental Style Hotels : Collection of Hangzhou Chen Tao Interior Design Ltd.
by Arthur Gao
English/Chinese | 2012 | | 271 pages | PDF | 187,3 MB
The book presents Chinese top designers hotel works, which elaborate not only the dissimilation and assimilation between Chinese traditional culture and modern design styles but also the characteristics of neo-regionalism.
Restaurant (Space Series 2)
2010 | | English | 272 pages | PDF | 31.05 MB
This issue of Space focuses on all kinds of restaurants from different parts of the world. The restaurants are a visual treat so that we enjoy a riot of colours; an exciting balance of light and dark or pools of glowing soft lights; and sleek or tactile finishes. We can just imagine the excited crowds, or intimate patrons, that these restaurants attract, and the heady aromas that waft!
After going through these designs, you will notice a common thread. Designers the world over are showing a greater concern for the environment. The modern ethic is to salvage and re-use. Discarded (and sometimes even lowly) objects such as Y sockets find a new lease of life as chandeliers. It’s not the collection of designer objects that ensures success but rather how the designer carefully brings diverse elements together.
Designers are forever asked what inspires them. The answer to that is just about everything - movies, books, painting, periods of time in history, location! What is unusual this year is that in Hong Kong/ China, at least three projects were inspired by the humble egg.
by Hanlin Liu
2013 | | English | 272 Pages | PDF | 20.15 MB
This book collects recent completed civic office buildings world wide. Various types of civic office buildings are included, such as government office building, justice center, fire station, Emergency Operations Center, shelter and etc. With abundant beautiful pictures, you would find an all-round illustration of different designs of the up-to-date civic office buildings. While emphasizing the function of public service and government administration, the architects present the buildings with diverse styles and distinctive features. Here readers would be fascinated by the elegant charm of the architecture and some of the designers here, with amazing and stunning creativity, offers us an authentic view of the world civic office buildings which illustrated with exquisite picture and limpid texts.
Japanese Spa Resorts
by Jinling Qu
2011 | | English | 416 Pages | PDF | 42.35 MB
The elegant design of the hotel and the perfect harmony between Japanese traditional culture and the modern design concept in this book present you both sensual and psychological appreciation of the affluent spa culture of Japan, the spa kingdom in the world. With more than fifty well-known and distinguished Japanese hotels included, the book gives detailed descriptions of the scales, facilities, and the design styles of the Japanese spa baths of each hotel in particular. From the interior design of the spacious and bright reception halls, the luxurious ocean-front guest rooms, and the cozy beauty and wellness salons to the exterior landscape design of Japanese gardens and the ideal location near the mountains or by a river, and especially the individualized recuperative spa baths, all demonstrate the work of the Japanese spa hotel master designers.
Interior Design for Wellness Space
by ICI Consultants Company
2011 | | English | 356 Pages | PDF | 32.80 MB
The book provides an introduction to commercial wellness spaces in France, such as spas, beauty salons, and hairdressing salons. These spaces are closely related to our life, as we have begun to pay more attention to body and health. Pleasant spaces help us relax, and this is particularly important for more efficient body building. They are not just spaces for beauty; we see a certain philosophy behind these spaces, and interior design plays a key role in achieving the philosophy. The fifty projects in this book will fully demonstrate the current trends of wellness space design in France.
Hotel (Space Series 2)
2012 | | English | 320 pages | PDF | 31.65 MB
This book features 37 international hotels from 21 designers. Theatre Hotel in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Oporto, Mexico, which pays homage to the world of theatre. The main entrance features a poem by Almeida Garrett, an iconic figure from the Portuguese Romantic era. There are numerous other details that never let you forget, even for a second, of your location. Warm golds and bronzes predominate. In the reception, there's a sofa carrying footage from Felipe Le Feria's shows. This love for the arts is extended to the guest rooms. In the guest bathroom, one can find old bathtubs standing on bronze feet and chariots strewn with theatre costumes. Now, that's unexpected! The Canyon Ranch Miami Beach has combined spa with tasteful hotel surroundings and facilities. The sea and sand are sources of inspiration so it's no surprise to find terrazzo floors with seashell inlays and a coral wall. The focus is on a healthy lifestyle and guests are encouraged to explore the many choices available.
French Museum Architecture
by ICI Consultants
2013 | | English | 343 Pages | PDF | 15 MB
Designing a museum involves not only conceiving the best way to reveal their collections, but also how to welcome and serve visitors, and how to incorporate the spaces needed for the behind-the-scenes work of curating, restoring, cataloguing and storing. The architects embarking on such a project must carry out in-depth studies and find innovative solutions, whether their mission is to inject new life into a historic museum, to integrate a modern museography, to combine an harmonise an old building with a contemporary space, or to create from scratch a museum that will be acclaimed by critics and the public alike. French Museum Architecture explores these different problematic through forty museum projects, ranging from the Orsay and Quai Branly museums in Paris, to the Lille Museum of Modern Art (LaM) and the Confluences Museum in Lyon, to name but a few. Each project is presented with the emphasis on the thought process behind the creation, exposing the main questions the architects had to address in order to come up with spaces that are efficient, intelligent, welcoming and dynamic, able to fulfil the expectations of a public ranging from academic researchers to the merely curious, and everyone in between.
Endless Performance : Building for Performing Arts
by Qian Yin
2013 | | English | 280 pages | PDF | 14.75 MB
The buildings for performing arts—including theatres, concert halls, opera houses—that we show in this book are actual endless live performance. Architecture is connected with music, opera, and people by the "director"—the architect—and then art is extended. Newly built, renovated, and innovative soundscaping, all architects are exploring and aiming to establish a new relationship between art, people, and buildings for contemporary life. This book selects the latest and different types of buildings for performing art from around the world. Some of them new construction, and others are reborn with interesting stories, but all of them are cityscapes and endless live performance.
Club + Bar Design
by George Lam
2013 | | English | 336 Pages | PDF | 102.40 MB
Club + Bar Design presents a wide spectrum of club and bar designs ranging from casual to high end entertaining spaces. It features 63 projects from 44 international design firms in 18 countries (41 cities). Each project has been beautifully photographed and includes a detailed plan alongside the designer's introduction. It can be used as a reference by designers and club or bar owners.
Chinese Contemporary Architecture
by Kai Cui
2013 | | English | 354 Pages | PDF | 26.40 MB
Sixteen outstanding contemporary Chinese architects and teams from a state-owned large-scale design firm and privately owned design firms and individual studios, are presented in this book. Contemporary Chinese architectural languages and form, which connect history and today, with a fusion of Chinese and Western cultures and elements, are presented. It records the developing road of contemporary architecture in China with continuous effort by Chinese architects.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Young Architects 6 if...Then : Architectural Speculation (No. 6)
The Architectural League of New York
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (April 7, 2005)
If...Then: Architectural Speculation is the sixth in an annual series of publications featuring work by talented architects selected by The Architectural League of New York's Young Architects Competition jury. This year, entrants were asked to explore the process of architectural speculation: the act of imagination that precedes every work, projecting future events in a space that does not yet exist.
The winners of the competition Fernando Romero; Tobias Lundquist; Anthony Piermarini and Hansy L. Better Barraza; Keith Mitnick, Mireille Roddier, and Stewart Hicks; Tom Wiscombe; and Gail Peter Bordentake on this challenge and creatively address the social and political assumptions surrounding architectural production through a rethinking of site, program, form, technology, and materials.
Wrightscapes - Frank Lloyd Wright’s Landscape Designs
Charles E. Aguar and Berdeana Aguar
The first in-depth look at the environmental designs of "America's favourite architect", Frank Lloyd Wright. It contains many never before published photographs and site plans. "...a comprehensive and intriguing look at the work of Frank Lloyd Wright from the outside. It provides a view from the perspective of his designs in settings or landscapes ...the point of view is to see how the designs of the outside flow into, out of, around, and in a few classic cases, under the architecture of the building." - John Crowley, Dean, College of Environmental Design, University of Georgia. Shedding light on a fascinating yet previously unexamined topic, "Wrightscapes" analyzes 85 of Frank Lloyd Wright's designs paying particular attention to site planning, landscape design, community scale and regional planning. The authors include many original diagrams, rare archival material, and some 200 photographs and site plans, many never published before, detailing Wright's residential and public work and his urban design initiatives. A true collectors item "Wrightscapes" is a pleasure to read and a joy to own. Frank Lloyd Wright is perhaps best remembered for his unmatched mastery of the organic style of architecture - where a structure's form and material blend harmoniously with its natural surroundings. Less well known, but equally inspirational are the contributions Wright brought to landscape and site design. His creations in this area reflect a holistic, sustainable, and environmentally-sensitive utilization of plants, climate, solar power, and natural lighting. "Wrightscapes" is the first definitive book to address Frank Lloyd Wright's landscapes and environments. The authors provide a unique new perspective of the man and his work by presenting previously ignored, yet important aspects of his achievements, interests, and career, including little-known facts such as: Wright originated the visionary concept of a rear living-room opening into a garden terrace - fifty years before the California architects generally credited with the concept; Wright actually designed the first carport - three decades prior to the date he is said to have "invented" it; during the first forty years of Wright's career, he personally and professionally interacted with, and was significantly influenced by, designers who today would be described as landscape architects; Wright had a career-long fascination with community-scale planning. "Wrightscapes" also chronicles how and why Wright's famous ecological sensibilities were established, delving into Japanese and European influences as well as forces that shaped both the young and the mature architect. The authors also demonstrate how his design aspirations went far beyond the accepted definitions of architecture. In order to be as complete as possible, "Wrightscapes" even includes a detailed listing of "dos and don'ts" for owners of homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Here is truly groundbreaking, richly-illustrated coverage of an important yet unexplored aspect of Frank Lloyd Wright's genius.
A Living Architecture : Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin Architects
After Frank Lloyd Wright's death in 1959, some of those who had studied and worked with the visionary American architect stayed on at Taliesin and formed Taliesin Architects. The group's aim is to create buildings in harmony with nature; to embrace lifelong learning; to make a positive contribution to the way people live; and to keep Wright's vision alive while experimenting within its parameters.
Author John Rattenbury, head of the talented firm, studied with Wright and has been with Taliesin ever since. A Living Architecture offers a fascinating overview of the renowned Taliesin Architects' work of the past forty years, a history of the fellowship's development, and a succinct summary of Wright's design philosophy. With three hundred full-color photographs and drawings, it is a spectacular visual treat, documenting some of the world's most exciting buildings of the late twentieth century