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IMPROVISATIONS ON THE LAND: HOUSES OF FERNAU + HARTMAN. Richard Frenau. Monacelli Press, New York, 2015. Distributed by Random House, Inc., New York. 208 pp. with 319 ills. (255 col.). 29 x 21 cm. LC 2015-938509 ISBN 9781580934305 In English.
Publisher's description: 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.
Artist(s):Fernau + Hartman (firm); Fernau, Richard; Hartman, Laura
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1990 — Architecture — Women Artists
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 168413
Hardcover $45.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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