Год издания: 1996
Издатель: Page One
Количество страниц: 216
Формат: 260x260 мм
Переплет: твердый переплет + суперобложка
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Tropical Asia is one of the culturally richest regions of the world. This lavishly photographed book is a sequel to the highly successful Tropical Architecture and Interiors (1994). It continues in its celebration, albeit selectively, of sensual qualities found in the tactile buildings of the region. The architecture of the tropics is indeed a delightful synthesis of simple materiality, consummate craftsmanship and rich moods. Many of these exclusive enclaves and private retreats, designed for an unabashedly hedonistic contemporary lifestyle, are a poetic response to the tropical climate. Others are inspired by a reverence for the unique traditions as well as the pristine environments in which they are located. The architects' appreciations of climatic and cultural determinants, as well as their awareness of working in a specific spatial and temporal environment, are strong and confident. The plethora of multi-referential architecture, with their tactile corporeality, also have a filtering-down effect, promoting greater public awareness of the inherent beguiling qualities of truly tropical design. Showcasing a wide range of invigorating works, the book hopes to convey the sensual refinement and expressive potency of qualities like tactility, lightness, tranquillity, transparency, ambiguity, shadows and synthesis - that all add up to the poetics of built forms in Tropical Asia. Threatened by the forces of universal commodification, these enticing works grew out of a poetic and allegorical way of thinking. They are truly architecture of empathy and resonance, one that grounds their inhabitants in the specificity and poetics of place.