This beautifully illustrated book takes the reader on a
journey through a number of outstanding houses designed and built in the
California landscape by Berkeley firm WA design.
The firm’s founder David Stark Wilson cites his
experiences in nature as the most profound influence on his architecture. In
this volume he has chosen to pair images of his architecture beside the images
from nature that inspired his designs. The origins of the firm’s work are also
deeply rooted in the vernacular buildings of California and this influence is
clearly illustrated in this impressive monograph.
Although progressive, the firm’s designs draw heavily on
the local vernacular. Ordering principles borrow from the building’s context
and often relate metaphorically to the surrounding natural landscape,
connecting the building to its site in a meaningful way. Sustainable and solar
features are also a crucial component in the firm’s design objectives and are
seamlessly integrated with the architecture.
Links to Book reviews:
Online review in Berkeleyside news:http://tinyurl.com/78mqcj3
John Hill of Archidose has published a lovely spread on Houzz: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/3192304/list/-Houses---Origins--Reveals-an-Architect-s-Process