“There are not many architecture books that appeal equally to both experts and laymen, but if any book is likely to bridge this gap, it is this one.” -Urbane Magazine, Bejing
What if the person living in a house is actually the architect who designed it? Obviously, and interestingly, architects’ houses are an intriguing reflection of the needs and personalities of the individuals who created them. The houses themselves read like autobiographies, for the greatest challenge of all in building a house lies in weighing up and finding a balance between architectural aesthetics and the personal wishes of those who live there. Every detail of the design and the interior fittings tells us something about the architect.
I always tell clients when choosing an architect to take a look at what they have done with their own space – unbridled by client parameters, free to fully express themselves. It is a good measure of what they would do for you , if allowed the full range of their talents and abilities. The Architect’s Home gives us the opportunity to see the homes of 100 architects, beautifully providing photographs, drawings, bios and main works/projects for each architect.
The houses architects design for themselves
Copyright: Peter Gössel, Bremen Herman Gesellius, Armas
Lindgren, Eliel Saarinen
1901– 03, New Construction, Now museum
Kirkkonummi (FIN) Copyright: Archivio del Moderno – Accademia di architettura, Mendrisio Aurelio Galfetti
1986, New construction, still inhabited by the architect
via D’Alberti, Bellinzona (CH)
1961– 62, New construction, still inhabited by the architect
Avenida de Miraflores 14, Puerta de Hierro, Madrid (E)
Like I said earlier, there is so much more, so much to absorb. I think my favorite is the phenomenal two-story library in Oswald Mathias Ungers’ home… which you’ll have to get a copy of this book to see.
Gennaro Postiglione studied architecture and completed post-doctoral studies in industrial design in Naples. He has been a visiting lecturer and professor in other countries and since 1998 has been teaching design in the department of Interior Design at Milan Politecnico. His research work focuses on interior design and on the relationship between architecture, culture and current events. Gennaro Postiglione is editor of Area magazine.
All photos courtesy of Taschen
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