Bespoke Home – Bates Masi Architects : Book Review



A review + a look inside the newly published monograph, Bespoke Home exploring the architecture of Bates Masi Architects.

Available for $35 on Amazon via: http://thirtybyforty.com/bespoke-home

Strengths: Full page, beautiful, rich photographic spreads, large imagery. This is why you purchase an architectural monograph, to keep from pinch-zooming. The book indulges one’s desire to inspect the details closely and the space to learn about their inspiration.

My only complaint: a lack of diversity of architectural documentation and information. As an architect design process and construction consume immense intellectual resources so to see it missing in favor of the carefully staged final image feels out of character with the depth of study I know must have been invested in such compelling work. The book would benefit from the inclusion of more drawings, sketches, details, sections, and a closer look at their finely crafted models.

The monograph truly lives up to its namesake – a bespoke object – worthy of display and continued reference for both modernists and fans of Bates Masi’s work.

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