December 11, 2017
"The American House: 100 Contemporary Homes" is a Beautiful Compendium of Design
Hannah Jenkins, editor of 'The American House' give us a sneak peek into the array of American architects and firms featured in the new book from Images Publishing.
by New York Spaces
NYS: How did the idea of The American House: 100 Contemporary Homes come about?
Hannah Jenkins: We're consistently seeing excellent house design coming out of the U.S. and in an era where there's so much information available online we wanted to create an invaluable document, a tactile snapshot of current-day design across the country, and a long-lasting resource to inspire quality design not only in the US but globally.
NYS: What was the undertaking of this project like? How did you narrow down the homes you wanted to showcase?
Hannah Jenkins: We wanted to make sure we had an array of projects so that the reader could flick through the pages and be inspired, regardless of their housing requirements.
NYS: Once you finalized the list, was there a common tonality in the book that you found to be prevalent throughout?
Hannah Jenkins: Big space, a prominent sense of escape, and architectural framing of topography.
NYS: What was one of your favorite homes and why?
Hannah Jenkins: Mw|Works Architecture + Design's Little House—This beautifully refined take on a 'cabin in the woods' is in complete harmony with the idyllic surrounds and would no doubt make one feel immersed to the point of reluctant return.
Carol Kurth – Art House 2.0 – This project is a fabulous and sophisticated example of the creation of a home based on the lifestyle and interests of the client.
NYS: Is there a particular architect or designer you most identify in the book? If so, why?
Hannah Jenkins: Mw|Works Architecture + Design—Their work speaks in bounds to the wine, cheese, and good book in dreamy surrounds side of us.
NYS: We love the focus on sustainable living in the book. What draws you to this topic?
Hannah Jenkins: These days, many architects strive to design houses that incorporate sustainable features and we're enthusiastic about the idea of providing them with a platform to share their ideas.
NYS: What are some examples of homes in the book where the architects most adapted to their signature styles to accommodate the local topography and climate?
Hannah Jenkins: Fougeron Architecture's Fall House is an impressive example of a home designed to assimilate with the dramatic topography and climate of California's rugged central coast.
Finne Architects' Deschutes House was specifically designed to preserve a beautiful stone ledge facing the Deschutes River in Oregon.
NYS: What are some of the most incredible sustainable architectural details you came across in the
editing of this book?
Hannah Jenkins: Finne Architects' Elliot Bay House boasts many sustainable features. All interior wood is FSC certified, it is highly energy efficient (40 percent higher than the required code), and it includes a radiant hydronic heating system.
NYS: Carol Kurth Architecture's Hobby Ban is incredibly unique. What drew you to featuring this residence?
Hannah Jenkins: We loved how the architect was able to accommodate the contemporary lives of a creative couple and their family, whilst maintaining the historic character of the original home built in 1880.
NYS: What do you most love about this book? Why do you think our readers will appreciate it?
Hannah Jenkins: It's variety! There really is something for everyone in this book.
NYS: Where can we find it!
Hannah Jenkins: Good booksellers everywhere and online from the Images Publishing Group.
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