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  • SINAN : ARCHITECT OF SULEYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT AND THE OTTOMAN GOLDEN AGE
    SINAN : ARCHITECT OF SULEYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT AND THE OTTOMAN GOLDEN AGE
    FREELY JOHN
    ISBN: 9780500343111
    Title: SINAN : ARCHITECT OF SULEYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT AND THE OTTOMAN GOLDEN AGE
    Author: FREELY JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sinan was the greatest architect of the Ottoman Golden Age of the sixteenth century – when the Ottoman Empire reached its zenith of power and magnificence. His style marks the apogee of Turkish art. Under Süleyman the Magnificent and his succcessor Selmi II, Sinan designed hundreds of buildings: mosques, palaces, tombs, mausolea, hospitals, schools, caravanserai, bridges, aqueducts and baths, many of them presented and analysed in this book. In his greatest works, he adapted Byzantine and Islamic styles to produce something quite new: a centralized organization of absolute space unhindered by pillars or columns and covered by a soaring dome. An architect of genius in a dynamic new empire expanding into both Asia and Europe, he was a true man of the Renaissance.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • SMALL AND SMART INTERIORS
    SMALL AND SMART INTERIORS
    ANDREU DAVID
    ISBN: 9788494566240
    Title: SMALL AND SMART INTERIORS
    Author: ANDREU DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The projects in this book convey the ingenuity and skill of architects and designers who create interesting, but smaller-sized, living environments. These spaces suggest lifestyles which, while not typical, seek to maintain basic standards of quality and comfort.

    The designs of these environments are the result of a search for superior functional flexibility that makes the most of every inch of space. Among the imaginative solutions in evidence are walls that contain and conceal household equipment, or furnishings that can be moved to create different areas.

    Although some are based on simple items of furniture, and others are highly experimental prototypes, all the projects in this volume reveal unquestionable architectural sensitivity.

    Imprint: LOFT PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • SMALL HOUSE LIVING
    SMALL HOUSE LIVING
    FOSTER CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9780143573357
    Title: SMALL HOUSE LIVING
    Author: FOSTER CATHERINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Smart, space-efficient houses are becoming the way of the future. Small House Living showcases an inspiring collection of homes measuring less than 90m2 from around New Zealand. Family homes, baches and apartments are included in the line-up; all of them demonstrating ingenious ways to reduce space and cut costs within a design-enriched environment.


    Small House Living is a book in tune with the current preoccupation with creating affordable housing solutions. Anyone interested in living well with less will find inspiration in the compact yet highly considered homes featured.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • SMALL HOUSE LIVING AUSTRALIA
    SMALL HOUSE LIVING AUSTRALIA
    FOSTER CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9780143783619
    Title: SMALL HOUSE LIVING AUSTRALIA
    Author: FOSTER CATHERINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Small House Living Australia features 21 small, inspiring Australian homes. Some are clever additions onto tight urban sites- others are tranquil weekenders in deep countryside - what all have in common is a shared belief that good architectural design principles make even the smallest of architectural and ecological footprints possible. With land ever more expensive, growing environmental pressures and an increasing number of small households, architects and designers are responding with great ingenuity to produce both practical and cost-effective buildings, and all the while never sacrificing the most essential of human needs - a beautiful home. The houses you will discover in Small House Living Australia are celebrations in built form of lives lived well, with less.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • SMALL LOFTS : Remodelling Tiny Open Spaces
    SMALL LOFTS : Remodelling Tiny Open Spaces
    MAGRINYA ORIOL
    ISBN: 9788494566233
    Title: SMALL LOFTS : Remodelling Tiny Open Spaces
    Author: MAGRINYA ORIOL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When we think of a loft, we usually think of large open spaces, with clearly visible remnants of their industrial origin, converted into homes. Distinguished by their high level of modernity and noteworthy contrasts, they tend to reflect the personalities of their owners more than any other type of construction.

    But, what happens when there is limited space? Is it possible to have a loft, with all its characteristics, in a space that measures less than 120 square meters?

    This book contains dozens of examples of lofts from all over the world. They demonstrate that, even with severe space limitations, it is possible to achieve, maintain, and even enhance the purest possible essence of a post-industrial New York loft. Of course, this requires the optimum combination of artistic sensibility and architectural ingenuity.

    Imprint: LOFT PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • SOU FUJIMOTO
    SOU FUJIMOTO
    POLLOCK NAOMI
    ISBN: 9780714870687
    Title: SOU FUJIMOTO
    Author: POLLOCK NAOMI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The first comprehensive monograph on Japan's most creative, experimental and visionary architect, Sou Fujimoto

    Occasionally an architect emerges whose vision is so fresh that it causes us to reconsider the very nature of architecture. Sou Fujimoto is one of those architects. Guided by instinct and keen observation, he casts convention aside. Instead he blurs boundaries and routinely rethinks basic building blocks. Both comfortably familiar and curiously enigmatic, Fujimoto's dynamic work grabs our attention then lingers on in our minds.

    Born and bred in Hokkaido, Fujimoto received his undergraduate degree in architecture from Tokyo University before embarking on an uncharted, solo exploration that probed the possibilities of architecture. Unfettered by the ideas and practices of others, Fujimoto's work has clarity of thought and purity of execution seldom seen.

    Fujimoto garnered significant international attention for his popular 2013 Serpentine Pavilion in London (Fujimoto was the youngest architect to receive the highly-regarded commission). In 2012 he was part of the Japanese team that won a Golden Lion award for Best National Participation at the Venice Architecture Biennale for their design of alternative housing concepts for the homes that were destroyed by the tsunami.



    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $79.95
    Price: $79.95
  • STUNNING HOUSES
    STUNNING HOUSES
    ISBN: 9783864075445
    Title: STUNNING HOUSES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whether you are looking for new ideas for planning or building a house on a large budget or just want to let your imagination run wild, this book will show you an impeccable selection of dream homes. This richly illustrated volume shows examples of the most amazing houses designed in recent years. Located in various parts of the world, they are remarkable for their creative design, spectacular dimensions, monumental nature and freedom. They are also noteworthy for their approach to interior structures and layout, as well as the use of the most advanced technology in the construction field, the use of sophisticated materials or their location. However, they have one thing in common, they are fabulous! Colour photographs

    Imprint: KOENEMAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • SUPERLIGHT : LIGHTNESS IN CONTEMPORARY HOUSES
    SUPERLIGHT : LIGHTNESS IN CONTEMPORARY HOUSES
    RICHARDSON PHYLLIS
    ISBN: 9780500342961
    Title: SUPERLIGHT : LIGHTNESS IN CONTEMPORARY HOUSES
    Author: RICHARDSON PHYLLIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most influential design philosophies of the past 25 years has been Glenn Murcutt's dictum that buildings should touch the earth lightly. In this book, each of the 41 houses is shown through photographs, plans and lucid explanations.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SUSTAINABLE HOUSE  -  SECOND EDITION
    SUSTAINABLE HOUSE - SECOND EDITION
    MOBBS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781920705527
    Title: SUSTAINABLE HOUSE - SECOND EDITION
    Author: MOBBS MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whether youre planning to build or renovate, whether you live in an apartment or a house, Sustainable House is the essential guide to help you achieve an environmentally friendly home. It includes advice on converting your kitchen, bathroom, water supply, energy, waste system and garden, as well as tips for working with councils, builders and engineers, and the costs and benefits associated with making your home sustainable. First published in 1998, this long-awaited second edition covers the revolutions that have since occurred in sustainable housing, and, critically, includes the authors assessment on technologies and materials used in his own ground-breaking Sustainable House 14 years after installation. Michael Mobbs tells you what pitfalls to look out for and how to choose the best systems, products and suppliers. For the first time we can see what happens in a sustainable house after 14 years of use. Did the solar panels last? Is rainwater in the city safe to drink? How has the garden handled over one million litres of treated sewage?

    Imprint: CHOICE BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • TAILORED INTERIOR
    TAILORED INTERIOR
    NATALE GREG
    ISBN: 9781742708263
    Title: TAILORED INTERIOR
    Author: NATALE GREG
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Multi award-winning interior designer Greg Natale is renowned for doing things differently - his is a bold, fresh and modern Antipodean style that brings the best of classic interiors into the 21st century.

    His bold signature style juxtaposes clean lines with repeating geometric patterns, unadorned walls with highly embellished feature pieces, empty space with vivid splashes of color. At once contemporary, restrained, sophisticated and playful, Greg's spectacular interiors integrate architecture, design and decoration to create visually breathtaking masterpieces.
    In this stunning, photographic collection, Greg guides us through finding the perfect hook, building a concept from the ground up, layering different elements for cohesion, embracing empty space, using colour and pattern to add the magical finishing touches, and giving an interior space that elusive je ne sais quoi.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $69.95

    Price: $69.95
  • TERRACE HOUSE : REIMAGINED FOR THE AUSTRALIAN WAY OF LIFE
    TERRACE HOUSE : REIMAGINED FOR THE AUSTRALIAN WAY OF LIFE
    BRUHN CAMERON
    ISBN: 9780500500576
    Title: TERRACE HOUSE : REIMAGINED FOR THE AUSTRALIAN WAY OF LIFE
    Author: BRUHN CAMERON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With British precedents and working-class origins, the terrace house is a story of remarkable resilience. Today it is highly sought-after for its nostalgic charm and inner-city locale. A new generation of homeowners is making their mark by working with architects and designers to reimagine the terrace house for a twenty-first-century lifestyle. From subtle refinements to bold geometric forms, alterations and additions are often hidden from the street creating a sense of intrigue about what lies behind, above or beyond the romantic facade. This collection of homes celebrates the incredible history and enduring appeal of these well-loved buildings.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • THIS IS GAUDI
    THIS IS GAUDI
    CLAYPOOL MOLLIE
    ISBN: 9781780679082
    Title: THIS IS GAUDI
    Author: CLAYPOOL MOLLIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Antoni Gaudi has a reputation as monastic, mad and hermetic. But the architect of many of the buildings that define Barcelona's cityscape was no mad eccentric. He was a genius inspired by his faith in nature and the divine. Picking up the same strands of eclecticism and art nouveau current in fin de siecle European architecture, he transformed them into an idiom unique to himself and Barcelona to create a series of buildings as revolutionary in their engineering as they were astonishing for their spaces. For Gaudi his work was his life, and this book reveals the exuberant world and groundbreaking work of this unique figure in the history of modern architecture.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • THIS IS POLLOCK
    THIS IS POLLOCK
    INGRAM CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781780673462
    Title: THIS IS POLLOCK
    Author: INGRAM CATHERINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book traces Pollock's career and discusses how his loose, individual style was used as a political weapon in the Cold War, representing America as the free, democratic nation. Illustrations simplify the theory and reveal the hidden meaning behind the mesh of painted lines.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • TINY HOMES : MAXIMUM STYLE
    TINY HOMES : MAXIMUM STYLE
    ABASCAL MACARENA
    ISBN: 9788494483097
    Title: TINY HOMES : MAXIMUM STYLE
    Author: ABASCAL MACARENA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The construction of small houses is increasing. It is an accessible option, adaptable to any environment, eliminating unnecessary elements to include only basic functions without renouncing comfort.

    Through the pages of this book, we travel to countries across the world to discover a little bit about ways of life in those countries and how this is reflected in architecture. Mountain houses, city houses or on the coast, in many different styles, but all with a common bond; careful construction and well thought out aesthetics to optimise space whilst respecting the environment and integrating the house into its surroundings.

    Imprint: LOFT PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • TRANSPARENT ARCHITECTURE
    TRANSPARENT ARCHITECTURE
    GILBERT GORDON
    ISBN: 9781939621450
    Title: TRANSPARENT ARCHITECTURE
    Author: GILBERT GORDON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    First used in the 15th century, the word transparent has origins in the Medieval Latin - transparere, meaning to show through. Its original Latin derivation is trans + parere, meaning to show oneself.

    The projects in this book point to an architecture that seemingly suggests a multiplicity of qualities. Paradoxically, it is also an architecture that reveals itself and its own singular nature clearly.

    The structures themselves display their own material and organisational logic, yet they are also able to function as containers for thought, moods, and memories. The inhabitant then moves through and interacts, in a live and changing world. Activities happen all at once, in a seamless whole, in a simultaneity of experience. This is an architecture of natural processes in the revealed landscape, entropic and vital, where the normal boundaries and usual edges do not hold.

    The experimental drawings, texts, and built projects in 'Transparent Architecture' are visual and spatial explorations. They aim toward architecture that provokes thought, refines one's abilities to see, and embraces the ongoing confluence and mutability of things.

    Imprint: PERIBO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TWENTY HOUSES BY TWENTY ARCHITECTS
    TWENTY HOUSES BY TWENTY ARCHITECTS
    DAGUERRE MERCEDES
    ISBN: 9781780750088
    Title: TWENTY HOUSES BY TWENTY ARCHITECTS
    Author: DAGUERRE MERCEDES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Critic and historian Mercedes Daguerre presents 20 innovative houses by 20 leading contemporary architects and explores how domestic architecture has responded to the changing nature of family life. Featured architects include established stars such as Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, Tadao Ando of Japan and Glenn Murcutt of Australia as well as a number of emerging practices. Case study houses are drawn from all over the world and span a diverse range of geographical settings from inner city Manhattan to the sand dunes of Victoria in Australia.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
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