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Improvisations on the Land : Houses of Fernau + Hartman
by Richard Fernau and Beth Dunlop and Laura Hartman and Thomas Fisher


Overview - A generous look at the San Francisco Bay Area architects pioneering approach to sustainable houses, ranging from the vineyard regions of California to Telluride, Colorado; the rugged ranch lands of Montana and the picturesque hamlets of the Hudson Valley and Martha s Vineyard.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A generous look at the San Francisco Bay Area architects pioneering approach to sustainable houses, ranging from the vineyard regions of California to Telluride, Colorado; the rugged ranch lands of Montana and the picturesque hamlets of the Hudson Valley and Martha s Vineyard.
Since its formation in 1981, Fernau + Hartman has become renowned for its imaginative expansion of the possibilities of site- and region-specific architecture. Leaders in these concepts, as well as in sustainable design long before its currency today, Fernau + Hartman s houses maximize the connection between the natural and built environments, intensify the experience of place, and invite an open, playful, and inventive approach to life. A Newport Beach weekend house has flexible sleeping quarters and almost everything else (spaces for cooking, eating, showering, and bathing) is outdoors; a house made of alternating indoor and outdoor rooms climbs up a Sonoma County hillside; and an island house inspired by the fishing village of Menemsha is composed as three independent gabled sheds docked at a central screened porch featuring a fireplace and dining table.
With essays by Beth Dunlop, Laura Hartman, Thomas Fisher, and Daniel P. Gregory, "Improvisations on the Land "creates a multifaceted portrait of the firm s history, philosophy, and practice revealing as much about their process as the finished houses themselves. Models, axonometric drawings, floor and site plans, elevations, and photographs of vernacular structures from a collapsed barn in Montana, to Colorado mining compounds and a louvered colonnade in the Sacramento River Delta contribute to a full appreciation of Fernau + Hartman s work, how its sense of spontaneity and joy provides the antidote to so much of the self-conscious architecture that surrounds us, and results in houses that push the possibilities of residential design today."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781580934305
  • ISBN-10: 1580934307
  • Publisher: Monacelli Press
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 192
  • Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds


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