Lightness in Contemporary Houses

  1. Phyllis Richardson
  • ISBN 9780500342961
  • 25.00 x 20.00 cm
  • PLC (with jacket)
  • 256pp
  • Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
  • First published 2014

Climate change, new materials and restricted land use have given fresh impetus to finding lightweight solutions


‘Truly special and unique … Grand designs indeed’ – Fabric
‘Stunning photography, illuminating floor plans and expert explanations’– Elle Decoration
‘The innovative lightweight plastic cover of this book hints at the pioneering content within … Plans bring depth to each scheme’– Homes & Gardens

Ever since the Industrial Revolution architects have sought to liberate our houses from their solid foundations and one of the most powerful design philosophies of recent years has been Glenn Murcutt’s dictum that buildings should ‘touch the earth lightly’.

The projects here combine two strands of thinking: that lightweight buildings can weigh less and have minimal impact on their environments, and that this lightness – visually, materially, ecologically – can create beautiful, ethereal houses.

‘Superlight’ living can offer both new, natural modes of living and greater communion with our surroundings.

Also by Phyllis Richardson:
Nano House: Innovations for Small Dwellings
XS Green: Big Ideas, Small Buildings
XS: Big Ideas, Small Buildings