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Skywood House: And the Architecture of Graham Phillips

Phyllis Richardson ; additional texts by Kenneth Powell
Format
Book
Published
London : Thames & Hudson, 2013.
Language
English
ISBN
9780500342923 (cloth), 050034292X (cloth)
Summary
As Chief Executive at Foster & Partners, Graham Phillips has had responsibility for the design and construction of some of the world's most iconic buildings. But it was a small house in the fields of Buckinghamshire that sent him back to the drawing board, and to his investigations as a student into "a search for form". Skywood has been called a house that "offers a masterclass in architecture's power to excite and inspire". It also became a favoured setting for television and film producers: it is known as the 'Va Va Voom' house for its appearance in the 2005 Renault Clio advertisement featuring football star Thierry Henry. This book offers a uniquely in-depth view of Skywood, and places it alongside Phillips's other residential projects. Texts by Phyllis Richardson, Kenneth Powell, and Graham Phillips accompany evocative photography, plans, and working drawings. These illustrations, combined with Graham Phillips's explanation of his own design philosophy, give both a full and intimate portrait of the creation of the iconic building.
Description
288 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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