Though architecture’s main purpose is to create structures that protect humans from nature, that doesn’t mean we should shun it or shut it out completely. In fact it is often the spaces that revere and respect nature the most that come out the most conducive for human living. Don’t be fooled by many who claim their designs “bring nature indoors;” we’ve found one architecture firm using their skills and talents to reach far into the landscape to grab inspiration for some architecture that we know we’d love living in.
Natural Houses: The Residential Architecture of Andersson-Wise* is a rolling spectacle of gorgeous Texas Hill Country landscapes and modern architectural angles. It’s not one of those books where you’ll get bulleted advice on how to “bring the outdoors in,” but you will most certainly gain inspiration from the simple modernism that permeates every corner of theses unique buildings.
If you’ve ever heard (or felt yourself) that modern buildings can lack a little soul, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief as you thumb through these pages; colors are soft and neutral, materials are rough and natural, and light filters through cut out windows into rooms that you just want to have deep conversations in, read classic books or take afternoon naps.
Published by Princeton Architectural Press, you can find more information about this book on their website.
* We weren’t paid to review this product, but the publishing company graciously provided us a copy free of charge so that we could review it.