Case Study Houses

Taschen

Elizabeth Smith, Peter Gossel, Julius Shulman


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Type Hardback
Language English/ French/ German
Year 2009
Approximate size 340 x 265 x 47 mm
Approximate weight 3600 g
Pages 440 pages
ISBN 9783836510219

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Case Study Houses is a large book that dives in detail into the entire range of Case Study Houses and Apartments promoted by Arts and Architecture magazine. Inside you can go through archival material, from photographs to plans and thechical drawings, showcasing profusely the work developed from 1945 to 1966. It is without any doubt a must-have for any architecture library.


 

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Highlights

  • Rarely seen archival material
  • Detailed contextualization of each work
  • Large format and high-quality printing
  • Interview and additional material
  • Architects’ biographies in the end

 

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Contents

The book is organized following the numeric order of the original Case Study House program. Each house chapter contains text transcripts from Arts and Architecture magazines, perspectives, plans, elevations, details, sketches and photos. The book is also prefaced with a general explanation about the Case Study House program and has a short interview in the middle, describing the making of the famous CSH #22 photograph, overlooking the city of Los Angeles.

In the end, a section is dedicated to the architects’ biographies, containg one or more collumns of text describing their lifes. A set of maps complement the book, indicating the location of each house.

 

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The book as object

Case Study Houses is a large book and it is a pleasure to sit in a sofa with the open book, reading through the hundreds of pages and looking carefully at each of the images. It is a solid book, with plastic dust cover and soft pages, with a glossy finish, large images, detailed texts and careful graphic design adapted to the taste of the 40’s to 60’s.

 

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