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Beach houses
Schezen, Roberto.
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New York : HarperCollins, [2002]

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xvi, 190 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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NA7575 .S34 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The beach is the ultimate retreat: a place to escape the frenzied pace of our daily lives and to reconnect with the natural world. In Beach Houses, photographer Roberto Schezen and writer Michael Webb offer a lavish visual and textual tour of America's most fascinating seaside homes -- both traditional and modern, rustic and grand -- illustrating why we are so drawn to beach living.

Encompassing twenty-one structures in all, this is a book as rich and as diverse as the coastline itself. From a simlpe Block Island cottage created by acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, to Richard Neutra's modernist masterpiece in Santa Monica, to a wildly adventurous Florida residence designed entirely by its owner, each home profiled is a unique work of art and a remarkable reflection of our ever-changing relationship with the ocean. Schezen's 139 original color photographs give us an inside glimpse into each residence, while Webb's essays explain the histories and special features of each home. Artfully designed and beautifully written, Beach Houses will captivate anyone who has dreamed of living by the water and all those who simply love the sea.

Author Notes

Roberto Schezen was trained as an architect in Milan but soon turned to photography. His highly acclaimed books of architectural photography include several Monacelli titles as well as the Splendor series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

The term beach house usually brings to mind a humble wooden cottage on the shore. However, prolific architecture author Webb (e.g., Architects House Themselves) and architecture photographer Schezen focus on the grand homes that line the U.S. coast, from Florida to the Pacific Northwest. In beautiful color photographs, they show primarily late 20th-century architect-designed homes that take advantage of their beach setting and "respond to the nature and the spirit of the place." Included are explanations of how the architects and the designers have incorporated their clients' wishes into the design of each house. Well suited for professional, academic, and large interior design collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Palm Beach: House on Lake Worth (Richard Meier & Partners, 1977-79: 1995)p. 6
Palm Beach: La Ronda (Pierre Delbe & John Volk, 1969-74)p. 16
Golden Beach: Landes house (Carlos Zapata Design Studio, 1991-93)p. 26
Miami Beach: Burke house (Mike Burke, 1995-)p. 36
The Northeast
Quogue: Scaladd house (1910)p. 48
Southampton: Ertegun house (Cooper, Robertson & Partners, 1990-92)p. 56
Southampton: Holzer house (Francis Fleetwood, 1999-2000)p. 64
Sagaponack: The Barns (Carlos Brillembourg Architects, 1983-97)p. 72
Sagaponack: Villa Amore (Agrest & Gandelsonas Architects, 1989-90)p. 80
Montauk: Eothen (Rolf Bauhon, 1931)p. 86
Block Island: Cox-Hayden house and studio (Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown, Architects, 1980-81)p. 94
The Northwest
Gig Harbor: Dafoe house (Kirk Wallace McKinley, 1962)p. 104
Bellevue: Pleasure Point house (Olson Sundberg Architects, 1997-99)p. 110
Caspar: The Wave (Bart Prince, Architect, 1996)p. 118
Sea Ranch: Yudell-Beebe house (Buzz Yudell & Tina Beebe, 1998-2000)p. 126
Stewarts Point: Beach house (Joan Hallberg, 1992)p. 132
Southern California
Southern California: Oceanfront house (Andy Neumann, Architect, and Carlson Chase Associates 1995)p. 144
Santa Monica: Lewin house (Richard Neutra, 1938; extended by Steven Ehrlich Architects, 1998)p. 154
Capistrano Beach: Glass house (Rob Wellington Quigley, Architect, 1989-93)p. 162
Malibu: Morton house (Kanner Architects, 1992-96)p. 174
Malibu: Oceanfront residence (Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, 1988-93)p. 182