Open Concept Aratments book cover

A healthy crop of new books about Architecture

A wide range of architectural subjects are covered in this collection of new books, from café interiors to art nouveau and beyond. Those looking to downsize may be interested in our books on apartment living and container housing. If you want to take downsizing to the extreme, we even have a book on architecture for your pets!

British + Irish modern : new houses and old houses made new
“House design in Britain and Ireland is guided by climate, landscape and local resources just as much as the centuries-old traditions that have influenced architectural shape and form. Today’s best-known and emerging architects interpret their briefs with imaginative flair: they are transforming houses for the next generation of families by blending their renewed vigor for a local aesthetic with new materials and trends. British & Irish Modern reveals a rich array of works that showcase how architecture in Britain and Ireland today has much to teach the world about creative, high-caliber design, innovative application of materials, and cautious but clever reliance on resources.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Café Plus : Reinventing Interior Design for the Modern Café Space / Zornoza, Manuel N./ Koehne, Helen (EDT)/ Kois, Stelios (FRW)
Café Plus is a chic book-of-the-moment that collects coffee shop interiors by excellent designers from around the world. The projects featured in this book serve more than coffee; they are multi-functional venues that interpret the global concept of a ‘café’ to suit their needs. Interspersed with illustrations and detailed descriptions of design concepts, the featured projects are all from the past three years, showcasing the latest trends in interior café design.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Movable Architecture : A Design Guide to Container Reuse / Gilbert, Ross (EDT)
“Focusing on the requirement for energy-efficient sustainable architecture with a small carbon footprint, this book explores the many ways in which containers can be renovated to create housing and more. With environmentally friendly design, low associated costs and ease of mobility, containers could be a great future contributor to the development of low-carbon architecture. This book features a detailed analysis of over 40 container projects, each with their own prominent features. These are presented alongside landscape plans, technical drawings and text explanations.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Open concept apartments / Zamora Mola, Francesc
“With the explosion in popularity of urban living, more people are trading houses for high-rises. But these sophisticated urbanites don’t want to sacrifice the expansive feel that a house affords. The answer is open concept apartments. By eliminating doorways and walls, open concept design blends separate areas for cooking, eating, and entertaining into one breezy, bright, large, unconstructed space. Special touches–from furniture to lighting to accessories–can be used to subtly define each area, creating a sense of expansiveness and intimacy. Open Concept Apartments brings together a number of examples from all over the world–from New York to Sydney, Chicago to Rio de Janeiro, Santa Monica to Tel Aviv–that magnificently illustrate this popular design trend.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Pet-tecture: Design for Pets [hardback] / Wainwright, Tom
“The perfect book for design-conscious pet owners and animal lovers alike, Pet-tecture presents an irresistible assortment of hundreds of houses and objects by the world’s leading designers, created with our furred and feathered friends in mind – from cats and dogs to birds, rabbits, horses, fish, mice, guinea pigs – even kangaroos and turtles. Whether it’s playful cat trees, concrete dog homes, luxury chicken coops, 3D-printed fish tanks, or a dog-shaped cat scratcher, Pet-tecture has the incredible range of design for animals covered.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Victor Horta : the architect of art nouveau / Dernie, David
“In the decade following the success of his design for the Hôtel Tassel in Brussels in 1893, Victor Horta, the creator of Art Nouveau architecture, produced more than forty buildings–and a movement. Prepared in close collaboration with the Horta Museum, Brussels, Victor Horta: The Architect of Art Nouveau discusses the many influences on Horta’s designs and his legacy.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Architecture Today: Interior Design [hardback] / Asensio, Oscar
“This book presents exciting contemporary design projects by thirty professional interior designers from around the world, illustrated with 470 colour photoraphs and 50 b+w drawings. The result is an inspiring reference for unique ideas and an invaluable resource for interior designers, architects and design students alike.” (Catalogue)

Composing Architecture and Interior Design / Vamvakidis, Simos
Composing Architecture and Interior Design introduces different ways of creating architectural space. It explains how to compose architectural and interior design spaces step by step – starting in the first years of architecture and interior design studies. The book starts with introducing different spatial configurations using basic elements such as walls, floors and ceilings in order to create spaces with different architectural characteristics, such as collective or transition spaces. Photos of physical models are graphically edited to ensure a comprehensive visual explanation. Physical models are the main tool for all architecture and interior architecture students, allowing readers to understand, relate to and copy the modelling techniques shown in each example.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)