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Old to New : Houses by Paul Archer Design

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Old to New presents twenty-six richly illustrated, detailed case studies ranging from a 17th-century farmhouse extension to basement and garden additions for Victorian terraced houses, to a zero-carbon new-build house surrounded by gardens. The projects are described in the genial words of the architect, who relates the personal brief of each client - whether it was the need for more space for growing teenagers, or the desire to adapt family living spaces for a couple heading into retirement - and presents in clear and sympathetic detail the reasoning behind his designs, choice of materials and methods for achieving sustainable outcomes. In addition to the project descriptions, four essays by the architect address issues particular to his design philosophy and his work with period houses. 'Working with Old Buildings' describes the key challenges in expanding and renovating older houses. 'How to Green Your Old House' talks about solutions for energy efficiency. 'Working with Glass' discusses the architect's innovative use of this constantly evolving material, and 'Cultural Shifts in House Design' explores the way rooms and their uses have evolved over time.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 240 x 240mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 44 black and white drawings/line art, 238 black and white and colour photographs
  • 0957390300
  • 9780957390300
  • 2,481,704

Table of contents

Introduction; Some general points about English period houses; Selected Projects: 17th century - Wadham House 1; 18th century - Harley House; Rayner House; Hunt House; Ahmad House 2; Working with old buildings; 19th century - Collins House; Middlemiss Flat; Waldron House; Austin House; Cohen/Levin House; How to green your old house; Roman House; Turner House; Taylor House; Dick/Ellery House; Working with glass; Scott/Hanington House; Campbell House; Hall House; 20th century - Jindal's Pavilion; Sandhu House; Craig House; Cultural shifts in house design; Ahmad House 1; Langermann House; Cedarways; Black House; Martin House; 21st century - Wadham House 2; Paul Archer selected biography; Paul Archer Design staff; Index; Acknowledgements.
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Review quote

'You don't have to be an architectural expert to enjoy this new book from Paul Archer Design. This comprehensive text features 26 house projects that the London-based architect has taken on, and as well as providing a showcase for Paul Archer's work, it also provides a more general take on the challenges of domestic architecture. As much of his work consists of updating existing buildings, the houses are ranged chronologically, in keeping with the book's title, and range from a seventeenth-century Jacobean farmhouse to a newbuild, both in Bristol. A decade separates these two projects - which, coincidentally, were both undertaken for his parents - and the sheer variety of the houses that sit in between show the capability and ingenuity of the practice. The houses are grouped by general themes, each of which has its own introduction. These provide useful nuggets of information, such as the section on cultural shifts in house design that reveals the changing trends in house design; namely the relationship between the house and garden, the kitchen as the modern focal point of the home, and the developing trend of using hotel design as an inspiration for luxurious bedroom suites. As well providing a detailed introduction to the work of this popular architect, Old to New also functions as a useful guide to the evolving aesthetic of the modern domestic interior.' House & Garden 'Perfectly Planned', Words by Catriona Gray. 'We're big fans of British architect Paul Archer, so much so that we ran a story on the incredible Green Orchard house he designed for his parents in our June 2013 issue. Naturally we were thrilled when Paul Archer Design put out the book Old to New: Houses by Paul Archer Design by Archer and Phyllis Richardson this spring.' Dwell.com 9 Amazing Modern Houses by Paul Archer, Words by Aaron Britt.
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About Paul Archer

Paul Archer studied architecture at Liverpool University, graduating in1991. In 1993 he moved to Hong Kong and worked for Tonkin Design on many residential, office and restaurant projects, before returning to the UK in 1996 to become a founding director of Tonkin Architects. He has taught at Liverpool University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Greenwich University, North London University and Cardiff University. He set up Paul Archer Design in 1999, focusing on high-quality residential work. He was included in the Architects' Journal '40 under 40' list in 2005. In 2012 he was shortlisted for a RIBA award and in 2007 he won the Architects' Journal 'Small Project of the Year Award' for the Collins House (pp. 52-57). His projects have been featured on the television programme Grand Designs, in books such as HousePlus (Thames & Hudson, 2005), and in The Guardian Weekend, The Architects' Journal, Grand Designs and other popular and professional journals. Phyllis Richardson is the author of several books on contemporary architecture and design, including the XS series (XS, XS Green, XS Extreme), HousePlus, New Sacred Architecture and Nano House.
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