The path of visitors to Sweden--scholars and laymen, travelers and armchair explorers alike--will be forever changed and expanded by this book. Stops at the more familiar sites will be informed with knowledge of the who, when, why, and how of each antechamber and pavilion, while the lucid text and abundance of brilliant photographs, complementing such historical documents as engravings and architectural renderings, will open roads to rural corners and coastal retreats where Swedish royals, nobles, and privileged commoners basked in the calm of their country mansions and warmed themselves before their handsome Swedish tile stoves.
Before completion of Barcelona's Ciudad de la Justicia in 2009, the city's legal departments were spread out among 17 buildings in Barcelona and the neighboring city of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. A collaboration between the UK-based David Chipperfield Architects and Barcelona-based Fermín Vázquez/b720 Arquitectos , the unified complex of nine concrete buildings totals 240,000 square meters of built space. By adding pigments to the concrete mix the designers achieved various natural surface colors to soften and humanize the structures. The project is represented here with a reflective conversation between Chipperfield and Vázquez in 2011; descriptive and graphic documentation of the project; illustrated explanations of how it was built; and technical guidelines on the prescription and proper use of pigments for concrete. No subject index. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With more than three hundred photographs of Paris's most enchanting doorways from Raquel Puig, creator of the popular Instagram account of the same name, Doorways of Paris presents a whole new way to explore the most beautiful city in the world. Organized by arrondissement so residents and visitors alike can seek out the doors as they walk, this book celebrates the glories of the city's architecture, from Napoleonic majesty to art nouveau whimsy, Haussmannian symmetry to art deco elegance. Doorways of Paris is a portal to Parisian life that will have readers longing to find a doorway to call their own.
"I am sure that this book will give great pleasure to any who open its covers." --Julian Fellowes, from the Foreword Stately, grand, and a testament to the generations who have cared for them, the 10 English country houses featured in this volume are architecturally distinctive and filled with evocative family memorabilia, from commissioned portraits to monogrammed heirloom dinner services to the bells that once summoned the downstairs staff. Like the fictional Downton Abbey, these real homes are still in the hands of descendants of the original owners.
From Kentchurch Court, which has been the seat of the Scudamore family for nearly 1,000 years, to a delightful Gothic house in rural Cornwall to a charming ducal palace to Goodwood House, England's greatest sporting estate, this beautifully illustrated book showcases a wealth of gardens, interiors, and fine art collections. James Peill, coauthor of Vendome's The Irish Country House, recounts the ups and downs of the deep-rooted clans who constructed these homes and illuminates the history and legends behind these marvelous estates, many of which have never before been published. Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, contributes a foreword. Praise for The English Country House: "For hundreds of years generation after generation of the families that built these rarely seen houses, has added to the delights seen within and without." -Min Hogg
"Whatever virtues one assigns to the English country house (. . . .a daunting coffee table book just out from the Vendome Press), coziness is not one of them. . . .And yet the drafty beauty of the estates is such that it would clearly be worth enduring centuries upon centuries of emotional remoteness just to hang on to all that pomp and silver and canopied beds and coffered ceilings and graceful balustrades nestled in the sheepy hills." -- TownandCountryMag.com
This beautifully illustrated book takes the reader on a journey through a number of outstanding contemporary houses designed and built across the richly varied and extraordinary European landscape. Philip Jodidio presents his expertise and knowledge on the most profound influences of contemporary residential architecture in this region. This book pairs images of unique architecture and interior design and a comprehensive analysis of each project, set within full-color photographic portraits that all together reflect the strength of drive and progressive thinking that inspired these designs. Though progressive, the architect s designs draw heavily on the local vernacular of the buildings of this region. Ordering principles borrow from the building's context and often relate metaphorically to the surrounding natural landscape, connecting the building to its site in a meaningful way. Sustainability and green energy efficiency features are also crucial components in the house design objectives and are seamlessly integrated with the architecture and these influences are clearly illustrated in this impressive volume.
The Ferrari Industrial Complex, an extraordinary campus devoted to designing and testing Ferrari cars, has been testing some major design changes of its own. World-renowned Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas's new research center, built between the wind tunnel and the mechanics' building, will now host the offices of Ferrari Technical Management. Its rectangular bamboo forest and ground-level reflecting pool are meant to offer a micro-climate for "the realization of a dream." The floor plans, construction photos and renderings collected here suggest that Fuksas has succeeded, as does a shot of a crowd of Ferrari-ans in dark suits filing up one of the building's apparently unsupported staircases in a line, while one of their number bolts joyfully, blurrily, past them to the top. This book, with its yellow endpapers and metallic-red-edged pages, succeeds both in capturing Fuksas's work and tapping into readers' intense interest in one of the world's most recognizable luxury brands.
Gae Aulenti is one of the world's most prominent architects, and her prodigious output encompasses museum and theater design, industrial and exhibition design, furniture, graphics, urban planning, and architecture. This new publication illustrates Aulenti's complete oeuvre and includes the world-famous Musee d'Orsay, stage designs for theater and opera, a villa in St. Tropez, exhibition designs for the 2001 Milan Triennale, and the remodeling of the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, among many other highly visible designs.
Great Gothic Cathedrals of France guides readers on a tour of twelve French cathedrals that best exemplify one of the greatest glories of Western civilization. From the beautiful facade of Notre-Dame in Paris to the transcendent beauty of the stained glass at Chartres, this book clarifies the significant elements of their architecture by means of its text and images. The cathedrals of Amiens, Paris, Saint Denis, Chartres, Reims, Laon, Noyon, Soissons, Sens, Beauvais, Bourges and Troyes as well as Sainte-Chapelle are all presented to give the reader and visitor to France a clear understanding of these extraordinary buildings. This publication also provides the reader with a chapter on how to "read" a stained glass window.