The New Asia Pacific House
Publisher: Pesaro Author: Patrick Bingham-Hall ISBN: 9781877015281 Format: Hardcover, 296pp, 195x195mm
The New Asia Pacific House features the most spectacular and imaginative recent house designs in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. The first decade of the 21st century has seen the emergence of a vibrant architectural culture in this Asia Pacific region, displayed most conspicuously in the new houses of these countries.
The New Asia Pacific House is introduced by an essay that examines the histories, the realities, and the possibilities, of designing houses in a region defined by an 'Arc of Architecture', which curves from Chiang Mai in the northwest to Melbourne in the southeast. This broad swathe includes the cities of Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Sydney, and Melbourne, the tourist destinations of Phuket, Koh Samui, Pulau Langkawi, and Bali, as well as rural retreats. The essay reflects upon the now necessary implementation of sustainable architecture, the delights of designing in fabulous tropical locations, the requirements for contextual sensibility, and the virtues of reutilising existing and historic architecture.
The New Asia Pacific House comprises the most comprehensive survey of recent architecture in a part of the world that encapsulates so many of the issues and possibilities of the 21st century, thus documenting an architecture that will have great influence beyond the Asia Pacific region. It constitutes an invaluable reference for students and professionals, as well as providing the perfect resource for prospective homeowners. Each house is illustrated with a large selection of colour photographs, descriptive text, and formal drawings.