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THE ARCHITECTURE OF NATURAL LIGHT
Henry Plummer, $90, ames & Hudson
While a building is defined by permanence, light provides a
source of constant change in architecture. Its ability to alter the
mood, aesthetic and functionality of a structure is explored in this
comprehensive survey by architect/photographer Henry Plummer.
He discusses the importance of "space that transcends the physical"
using iconic examples like the gothic cathedrals throughout
Europe -- with their abundant stained glass creating a dappled,
mystical effect -- to highlight a historical impetus. But contemporary
structures are the primary concern of this book, with more than 400
colour images of such buildings in various states of illumination.
Renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando's work is among the most
inspired; dictating light to strike against walls and monuments
at pre-ordained times. Plummer's sharp and expressive writing
complements the photography perfectly.
NEXT HOUSES: ARCHITECTURE FOR THE
TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
Ron Broadhurst, $90, Abrams
You may be astonished to discover the strict and shiny structures
within this book are actually home to humans. For want of a cooler
expression, these houses are "out of this world." Interestingly
it's the way they relate to the earth -- and the challenges of their
environment -- which makes them so spectacular. Take "Casa Tolo"
for example, a mass of concrete boxes tumbling down a hillside
in rural Portugal. e harsh form seems like a logical conclusion
of its difficult terrain, while the warm and modern interior
creates a striking contrast. It is one of 25 abodes featured in the
book, representing some of the most progressive and intriguing
architecture of the new millennium. With large colour photos, floor
plans and commentary, it provides a detailed glimpse into how
homes might look in the future.
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