It’s always great when one of our former colleagues goes on to greatness, if just in giving us hope that once our repayment plan to our mediabistro overlords is complete and we’re free to leave this airlocked chamber they keep us in, we too might go on to greatness. So it was stellar to this week receive the new book by UnBeige 2.0, Eva Hagberg, entitled Nature Framed: At Home in the Landscape. We sang the praises of Eva’s last book, Dark Nostalgia (also published by Monacelli Press), and this time is no different. Shortly arriving puns aside, it’s decidedly less dark than her previous book, as Nature is filled with the stories of and ideas behind architectural marvels that interact with their surroundings, very often lit by sunlight and built by some of the most internationally renowned and up-and-coming architects like MOS and Tod Williams Bille Tsien. However, we must warn you of one thing about Eva’s book: it is chock full of gorgeous photography of these stellar houses and therefore, you should not read the book in the grungy confines of your I’ll-get-to-cleaning-it-someday home office as we did, because you will then be consumed by a sever case of home envy, followed by home depression, and definitely not followed by cleaning up your desk because of the aforementioned mix of envy and depression. Anyway, in short: buy Eva’s book because we told you so and because she’s awesome. Here’s the official description:
Twenty-five recent residential projects from around the United States take the concept of “green living” to the next architectural level. Going beyond the simple use of sustainable materials, these houses are
designed to frame a very particular vision of nature for their owners that brings them as close as possible to nature while remaining indoors.
Featured are dynamic designs by today’s most energetic architectural firms including ARO, Tod Williams/Billie Tsien, Diller Scofidio + Renfro as well as up-and-coming smaller firms. Houses vary in scale, complexity, and site to give a broad survey of the potential of this cutting-edge approach.