Glass Houses

Phaidon. Oct. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9781838667504. $49.95. INTERIOR DESIGN
The groundbreaking work of modernist architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, Tatiana Bilbao, and many more are featured in this stunning work, which highlights 50 modern glass houses from around the world. The introduction helps readers identify not only the structures and the frames but the reasoning behind the dwellings: the architects’ quest to join together nature and humans through their art. This harmony of design and function is achieved by using clear or opaque glass walls, continuing the interior design in the exterior, and placing load-bearing columns in original ways. Using light, lines, shapes, and color, the book’s images transport readers to beautiful landscapes and open areas. Close-up photos of the most outstanding rooms display the details of each design. Most importantly, they reflect the union between nature and structure that their creators strived to achieve.
VERDICT Aspiring architects, architecture fans, nature and design buffs, and readers looking for inspiration for their home will all find something to love inside this book.
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