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The first thing you notice about Case Study Houses: The Complete CSH Program, 1945-1966 is its size: it's big. Contained within its 16-inch frame is the history of Arts & Architecture magazine's famed program created to inspire the building of low-cost modern homes in America. The brainchild of magazine editor John Entenza, the program drew well-known architects including Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Richard Neutra. Throughout the book are spectacular photographs of modernist glass- and patio-filled homes. Most of the homes were built in the Los Angeles area and make wonderful use of the surrounding scenery. A 17-foot-tall front door opens up onto a canal; streamlined Herman Miller furniture fills out a living room that overlooks a breathtaking panorama. While not all the projects were built, each received a detailed spread in the magazine, including drawings and models. Some of the architectural drawings are lovely, drawn with the movement and fluidity of a master. Included are short biographies of each architect, a provocative epilogue by photographer Julius Shulman, and the reprinted original magazine pages that announce the birth of the Case Study idea. This book is a true gem, and considering its size it's the Hope diamond. --J.P. Cohen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chacara Santa Helena is an oasis in Sao Paulo. A large piece of the Mata Atlantica captured in the midst of the sprawling city. An abundance of trees and species makes a uniquely beautiful and rich site. Our house captures this image; at the heart of the house is nature, the trees of the Mata Atlantica.

Our design combines the contemporary life with traditions from Brazilians House building and an Scandinavian openness and obsession for details. The house is designed as continuous shared space; organized, separated and connected by the central garden.

The house is a reinterpretation of the traditional Brasilian Villa, with its open patio in the center for ventilation and light. The concept is expanded as the organizing element for the entire house.

It is a house for the contemporary family, shared space is at the core of the house, life evolves around the internal patio. The patio connects and separates living, kitchen, relax, library, play room, office and private quarters. The garden is enclosed and can act as part of the house day and night. It is living with and in nature.

The exterior wall becomes huge furniture of storage, from books to wine to tools. Light materials and screens of wooden meshwork form the exterior of the house. A strict exterior and a soft organic interior define the house and the life in the house.

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