Key Houses of the Twentieth Century

Plans, Sections and Elevations

Key Architecture Series


Colin Davies (Author)


A companion to the popular Key Buildings of the Twentieth Century, this book includes classic residential works by such seminal architects as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Alvar Aalto, as well as houses by more recent masters such as Tadao Ando, Rem Koolhaas, and Glen Murcutt.

It provides accurate scale plans of every floor, together with elevations, sections, and site plans where appropriate, for each house. All have been specially drawn for the purpose and are based on the most up-to-date information and sources. Amplified with full-color views of the houses, a concise text explains the significant architectural features of each building and the influences it shows or generated. Cross-references to other buildings in the book highlight the various connections between these key houses. The introduction discusses the idea of an architectural canon of houses and gives an overview of the development of the house in the twentieth century. The quality and number of the drawings allow the houses to be understood in detail and, together with the authoritative text and images, make this book indispensable for all students of modern architecture. As an added bonus, the book includes a CD-ROM containing digital files of all the drawings.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2006
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73205-4
  • 9.9 × 11.4 in / 240 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

Endorsements & Reviews

“This is a book any architect would treasure yet which any layperson could appreciate as well.” — HistoryWire

“[B]reathtaking and comprehensive survey…will have you oohing and ahhing from the very first page. Find your favorite and emulate it!” — From House to Home

“[C]asts its spotlight wide and while doing so, examines each structure, style, and architect with a critical eye.” — Lynne Lavelle, Clem Labine's Period Homes

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