lunes, 27 de marzo de 2017

#books #architecture | Thinking + living like an architect

Thinking + living like an architect / Alex Michaelis and Tim Boyd.
Clearview, London : 2016.
159 p. : il.
ISBN 9781908337030

Arquitectura -- Siglo XXI.
Arquitectura doméstica -- Gran Bretaña.
Hoteles -- Diseño y construcción.
Restaurantes -- Diseño y construcción.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-72.038(410) THI*spi

Michaelis Boyd (MB) was formed in 1995 by Alex Michaelis and Tim Boyd and has established itself as a practice producing simple, elegant architecture with an environmental emphasis. Alex and Tim met whilst working in the same practice and prior to doing so, had worked for Richard Rogers & Partners, Colquhoun and Wickham and Associates.

Clients include UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, Harry Enfield, the film director Paul Weiland and numerous media and financial leaders. It was working for Nick Jones’s Soho House Group that they first made their mark, and with Babington House and the Electric Cinema in Portobello Road in particular.

The book is structured into three chapters: ‘Houses in the City’, ‘Houses in the Country’ and ‘Places People Go To’. Stunning photography throughout not only shows the reader what the end result will be, but unusually for most architecture books, MB is keen to show what the construction work looks like as well. This is intended to be a ‘warts and all’ book, unlike most titles in the genre which only show the finished project. If you are embarking on a total overhaul of a listed building, starting from scratch or just remodeling a basement, then this book will show you what to expect from the start.

These are houses that are fun, quirky and above all, have a sense of humour. They are spaces you really want to eat, live or stay in. Commissions for MB have extended far beyond the UK, with projects in France, Germany and Los Angeles in particular. Tim Boyd and Alex Michaelis run a vibrant and very busy practice.

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