Spirit of Place
For thousands of years, civilization has constructed its buildings on the land. We prefer to construct our buildings with the land, where architecture recedes and becomes a frame to celebrate the surrounding nature.
Spirit of Place, by Oppenheim Architecture, is the first monograph on the firm’s work. It collects works that demonstrate Oppenheim’s philosophy of building with the land, rather than on the land, allowing architecture to recede and the environment to take center stage.
With 120 stunning photographs and minimal text, the book features seven of the firm’s projects, ranging in scale and location from homes in the Bahamas and Aspen to a resort in the Jordanian desert. The images, like the architecture, focus on and celebrate the natural world, illustrating Oppenheim’s design philosophy that “form follows feeling.” The projects are categorized by each site’s predominant natural element: dune, desert, stream, river, sea, canyon, and peninsula. The volume includes text by Chad Oppenheim, Val K. Warke, Antón García-Abril, and Mark Jarzombek.
“Chad Oppenheim’s subtle and powerful architectural sense is deeply rooted in place, in sensitivity towards the natural and built forms that give texture to our lives and our world. The projects and ideas in this book take us on a journey across the world . . . The book’s spare and elegant design . . . brings Chad’s sculptural imagination to life . . . He is to be congratulated on his compelling and contextual architecture.”—Richard Rogers, architect
You can find out more about the book and buy a copy at Tra Publishing.