Water provides a sense of wonder and tranquility that attracts architects, home owners, vacationers, and anyone looking for an escape. This book presents sixty works of architecture from across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that have a special relationship with water.

Similar to Elemental Living, it will include a visually breathtaking selection of architect-designed houses that have been built to look at the water, built to be on the water, and built to be reflected by the water. Each of the featured projects will be illustrated with multiple exterior and interior images of the structure, and will also include a short description.



ISBN: 9780714875729
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2 Feb 2018
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 29(H) x 25(L) x 2.9(W)



"We should all immediately decamp to the seaside. But if that isn't possible, take a temporary reprieve from reality with the latest publication from Phaidon." -Thespaces.com

"Showcases the finest examples of contemporary architecture featuring a special relationship with water... Beautiful." -SuitcaseMag.com

"Warning: this book may cause swooning and feelings of extreme envy. Living on Water is a collection of photographs of some of the world's most stunning examples of contemporary architecture harmonising serenely with lakes, oceans and rivers." -The Independent I

"Marveling over the beautiful selection of 55 homes - classified under three categories: Built To Look At Water, Built On Water and, finally, Built To Reflect Water - is to undergo an exercise of meditation and mental decluttering, and to discover architectural dreams realized."-Vogue Online

"A stunning exploration of residential architecture designed with an intimate relationship to water... Every page, including some truly major projects, offers either a chance for escape or for interior inspiration."-MatchesFashion.com

"The relationship between land, house and water is diligently explored here... Featuring some of the most innovative and impressive buildings... The book is truly inspirational, as well as aspirational."-The Lady

"Awe-inspiring homes... Evocative photographs show the balance between structure and element... [A] sumptuous book."-Homes & Interiors Scotland

"Bliss out on these pictures of awesome aquatic abodes... Mesmerising."-ShortList

"Leave it to the talented people at Phaidon to turn our wanderlust for the waves and our desire to be near the water into an experience you can have without ever leaving your living room... Living on Water: Contemporary Houses Framed by Water will make you want to drop everything you're doing and head to the water."-Cool Material

"A great book for daydreaming about your next beach Airbnb."-HiConsumption

"The daydreamy new book Living on Water, from Phaidon, shows us through stunning photography just how heartachingly wonderful, and surprising, a life by water can be, when design is so thoughtfully considered... The pages flow like a guided excursion into exhilarating, exclusive territory. The perfect book to sit with and let wash over you, it's a glimpse into aspirational living at its purest."-TheSwellLife.com/DesignSKOOL

"A new book showcases some of the globe's finest contemporary dwellings with cutting-edge architecture and aquatic views to die for."-Australian Financial Review

"The shape of water... Grand designs with an aquatic air... Envy-inducing."-Canary Wharf

"Showcases the sense of calm and serenity created by homes in harmony with nature and water... Inspiration awaits!"-Psychologies

"Indulge in the best art form of the aquatic escapism with new coffee table tome Living on Water. This weighty book showcases the best examples of residential architecture... the results are stunning."-Project Calm

"[A] stunning coffee table book focused on nothing but eye-popping contemporary homes with strong connections to H2O."-Airows

"Whatever your waterway of choice - be it ocean, lake, river or pond - you'll find inspiration in this volume... Reader beware: Living on Water is all about those living the dream - and drinking in the sumptuous images splashed about within will likely build a thirst to join them."-Belle (Australia)

"[A] gorgeous new book."-The Globe and Mail

"Articulates a harmonious connection between architecture and water."-Home & Design, Chesapeake Views


Author Biography

Twenty-eight curators, critics, art historians, and artists contributed their expertise to create this art-lover's ideal museum. They come from such institutions as: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the British Museum, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu; the University of California, Berkeley; La Trobe University, Melbourne; the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London; and The Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

Living on Water: Contemporary Houses Framed By Water

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