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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Aleksandra Machowiak
Age Range: 9-11
Readers are in for a treat with this very innovative and fascinating book about amazing architecture. Is it possible to pack a house into a suitcase? Well, you’ll find such a house in China. There are plenty of weird and wonderful examples of startling architecture in this quirky book. There is a house shaped like a turtle in Sweden, a house suitable for homeless people in the USA, a Moon House in the UK, a house that’s inside like a sewage pipe in Austria and a Curtain House in Japan. There are also houses that look like pears, inflatable houses, igloos and tea houses. These are just a few of the 35 houses featured in this book designed by some of the most prominent architects from all around the world.
Polish authors and illustrators Aleksandra Machowiak and Daniel Mizielinski have created witty, richly coloured drawings together with concise, accessible descriptions of each extraordinary house. H.O.U.S.E. explains the inspiration behind each design and the materials used. The imaginative layout and different font sizes help to emphasise the text along with the visually intricate graphics explaining how the houses looks on the inside are sure to capture the attention.
There are also useful maps of Europe and the rest of the world showing where each house is located and specially designed icons that allow the reader to discover whether a house has been built in a city or the middle of a forest, identify what materials the house was built from and how many rooms there are. This is a book that is equally suitable for children and adults.