The suburb of San Pedro Garza Garcia, a verdant, environmentally-protected district of the Mexican city of Monterrey, is the site of the MTY House, the subject of this compact monograph. Designed by BGP Arquitectura, the house masterfully combines the color and drama of Mexican modernism and the international vocabulary of glass and stainless steel with the owners’ collections of folk art, modern art and vintage automobiles. BGP’s approach to protecting the surrounding topography resulted in a complex of luxurious boxes with spectacular views. Includes texts by international contributors Labasse Alexandre, Richard Meier, Juhani Pallasmaa, Claude Parent, Jesus Silva-Herzog and Billie Tsien and Tod Williams.
7x 1/2 inches/ 96 pp/ 13 b&w, 51 color
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Architecture + Perception
In the tradition of theorist and perceptual psychologist Rudolf Arnheim, Architecture + Perception asks how much of a building needs to be perceived to be known. Architect Jörg Kurt Grütter meticulously photographed hundreds of structures on display in this book, from architectural classics to vernacular buildings, exploring how fragmentary details define and explain space. Grutter directs his own architectural office and is on the faculty with SCI-Arc’s Vico Morcote campus and the Bern University of Applied Sciences. Separated into chapters on space, color, dynamics, and surface, the structural details are allowed to speak for themselves, completely independent of context and history. In the back of the book, all the information about the structures depicted can be found-location, architect, year of construction, etc.-as well as a complete view of the building. Texts on the role of perception in experiencing and designing architecture round out the volume.
Retail Price: $89.95