Mark Mills was a visionary architect, a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice whose innovative designs grow beyond Wright's work to uniquely blend structural principles and the organic forms of seashells.When he heard Wright say that seashells are Nature's perfect architecture, Mark made that idea the foundation of his life's work. As seashells change their forms to meet the needs of their inhabitants, so Mark adapted structural roof systems to shelter his clients, and he made them spectacularly beautiful. If the sky is Nature's umbrella above us, Mills's ceilings were the umbrella over his clients' lives in their homes. The ceiling revealed the skeleton of the building, exposed, visible from every part of the interior, since the interior walls were partitions that did not interrupt the view of the ceiling system. He used to joke (joking but not kidding) that he put so much thought and care into his roofs because the clients couldn't hang their knick-knacks on it and wreck its design. From any place within Mark's houses, there is a sense of being under the entire shell of the roof. We may be in the living room, but we are also in the entire house at all times. They are, for him, shells for humans. The Fantastic Seashells of the Mind, winner of the IPPY silver medal in Architecture and the PubWest Book Design silver medal award for adult trade books - Illustrated, is thoughtfully illustrated and brings together Mark Mills's own thinking behind his houses along with the insights of his wife, colleagues, and original clients and owners of Mark Mills houses. It is written to appeal to both architects and a general readership.
Renowned artist and architect Maya Lin's visual and verbal sketchbook--a unique view into her artwork and philosophy.Walking through this parklike area, the memorial appears as a rift in the earth -- a long, polished black stone wall, emerging from and receding into the earth. Approaching the memorial, the ground slopes gently downward, and the low walls emerging on either side, growing out of the earth, extend and converge at a point below and ahead. Walking into the grassy site contained by the walls of this memorial, we can barely make out the carved names upon the memorial's walls. These names, seemingly infinite in number, convey the sense of overwhelming numbers, while unifying these individuals into a whole.... So begins the competition entry submitted in 1981 by a Yale undergraduate for the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. -- subsequently called as moving and awesome and popular a piece of memorial architecture as exists anywhere in the world. Its creator, Maya Lin, has been nothing less than world famous ever since. From the explicitly political to the un-ashamedly literary to the completely abstract, her simple and powerful sculpture -- the Rockefeller Foundation sculpture, the Southern Poverty Law Center Civil Rights Memorial, the Yale Women's Table, Wave Field -- her architecture, including The Museum for African Art and the Norton residence, and her protean design talents have defined her as one of the most gifted creative geniuses of the age. Boundaries is her first book: an eloquent visual/verbal sketchbook produced with the same inspiration and attention to detail as any of her other artworks. Like her environmental sculptures, it is a site, but one which exists at a remove so that it may comment on the personal and artistic elements that make up those works. In it, sketches, photographs, workbook entries, and original designs are held together by a deeply personal text. Boundaries is a powerful literary and visual statement by a leading public artist (Holland Carter). It is itself a unique work of art.
- Features the drawn designs for some of Kaplick 's best work - including the International Space Station - An excellent reference for architects and students of architecture Jan Kaplick (1937-2009) was a visionary architect with a passion for drawing. It was his way of discovering, describing and constructing; and through drawing he presented beguiling architectural imagery of the highest order. Many of his sketches, cutaway drawings and photomontages are brought together and celebrated in this book. These drawings date from the early years of his independent practice, Future Systems, in the 1970s, to his final ink drawings, executed in the mid-1990s. Featured projects range from design studies for the International Space Station, undertaken with NASA, to the Media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground, in London, winner of the 1999 Stirling Prize.
They are architecture's most famous father-son duo: Eero, the younger Saarinen, designer of such masterpieces as the TWA Terminal Building at Kennedy Airport, and his father Eliel, celebrated for triumphs such as the art nouveau railway station in Helsinki. Lesser known, but no less impressive, are their houses, which, regardless of style, share a belief in architecture as a total work of art. Featuring carefully designed interiors--often with custom-made furniture--they effortlessly merge with the landscape, and reward residents with exciting views, inviting nooks, and opulent furnishings. For the first time, Saarinen Houses presents seventeen remarkable houses built over a span of six decades, in Finland and the United States. From Eliel's early twentieth-century Villa Pulkanranta-- an eclectic mix of local Finnish design traditions and international influences--to Eero's Miller House, one of the most significant examples of modern domestic architecture in the United States, each project features original drawings and archival photos, as well as new interior and exterior shots. This book is a revelation for the Saarinen family faithful and an inspiration for anyone captivated by beautifully designed homes.
Aaron G. Green, FAIA, was an internationally known organic architect of "striking originality and grace." His diversified architectural works include residential, commercial, industrial, municipal, judicial, religious, interment, mass housing, and educational projects. Aaron had a uniquely close relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright, serving as Wright's West Coast representative for many years. When asked who Aaron was, Wright commented, "Aaron Green is my son." This 448-page biography with over 700 images--gold medal winner of the 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Art & Photography books--includes many previously unpublished drawings from the Aaron Green archives, which encompass just a fraction of the work and influence of Aaron's life. This monograph showcases thirty-nine projects that encapsulate the essence of his drive - to create beautiful organic architecture true to the land, the building, and those who enjoy the spaces he created.
One of the most principled architects of his generation, and peer of Edward Cullinan and Richard MacCormac, Lea's quiet but substantial influence has reached a number of similarly thoughtful and sensitive architects, including MJ Long, Anthony Hudson and Adam Voelcker. David Lea studied under Sir Colin St John (Sandy) Wilson at the School of Architecture at the University of Cambridge in the 1950s. Like Lea, all of these architects reveal in their work a concern with accountability in architectural practice--the use of local materials and accountable building technologies, and a deeply-rooted environmental sensibility. The design of the landscape for each building is key to Lea's practice and, with this in mind, the book sets out his work in the context of twentieth- and twenty-first-century architectural practice. Profiled projects include the Centre for Alternative Technology in mid-Wales and selected competition schemes such as Pembroke College, Oxford and a new library at Darwin College, Cambridge. With texts by Peter Blundell Jones and Adam Voelcker, David Lea: An Architect of Principle presents photographic imagery and David Lea's own exquisite drawings for each scheme. uK october 2015
Wright Sites, a revised edition of a guidebook first published by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, is a complete catalog of Wright's extant, visitable buildings in the United States, and also includes listings for sites in Asia and Europe. In addition to regional maps and suggested trip itineraries, the guide contains descriptions and visiting information for more than 60 projects.Anyone planning a trip ... to look at the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright should acquire this excellent practical guide. Around 400 buildings by Wright survive, and the book includes the 66 accessible to the public.... All are illustrated, with brief descriptions, and with details of access. -- Architects' JournalAn excellent reference for enriching vacation and professional travel or introducing readers to the extensive array of architecture across the United State. -- Joyce Rasdall, Bowling Green, Kentucky Daily News
This is a book about contemporary architecture like no other. The authors have worked on many high profile projects all over the world and their lively and informal text both entertains and informs the reader. The photography throughout is stunning and this is both an inspirational and practical book about architecture.