The configuration of a home is always a current topic. This superlative illustrated volume presents contemporary architecture from around the world. The unique and notable work being done by contemporary architects is generously presented in this illustrted volume. Their designs can be understood as homes intended to be interpretations of life and the environment. Each of the forty examples included in "Houses" is represented by a wide array of perspectives and details of the houses, apartments and loftsthat these sophisticated architects have developed; while exterior photographs and window views link them to the colours and forms of the surrounding landscapes. Older black and white images in some cases testify to the transformation achieved by a new deign, while pictures taken by day and by night demonstrate how the proportions appear in natural and artificial light. The included floor plans show how the rooms work together and provide additional information about the textured relationship between the ubc and private areas of the houses. An extensive biography of and an interview with each architect elucidate their various drafts and the concepts behind their designs. Modern architecture is made accessible!