Monacelli Press, 10/27/2015. Item #25763
From the Publisher's Marketing:
A generous look at the San Francisco Bay Area architects Fernau +
Hartman's pioneering approach to sustainable houses, ranging from the vineyard regions of California to Telluride, Colorado; the rugged ranch lands of Montana and the picturesque hamlets of the Hudson Valley and Martha s Vineyard.
Since its formation in 1981, Fernau + Hartman has become renowned for its imaginative expansion of the possibilities of site- and region-specific architecture. Leaders in these concepts, as well as in sustainable design long before its currency today, Fernau + Hartman s houses maximize the connection between the natural and built environments, intensify the experience of place, and invite an open, playful, and inventive approach to life. A Newport Beach weekend house has flexible sleeping quarters and almost everything else (spaces for cooking, eating, showering, and bathing) is outdoors; a house made of alternating indoor and outdoor rooms climbs up a Sonoma County hillside; and an island house inspired by the fishing village of Menemsha is composed as three independent gabled sheds docked at a central screened porch featuring a fireplace and dining table.
With essays by Beth Dunlop, Laura Hartman, Thomas Fisher, and Daniel P. Gregory,
"Improvisations on the Land "creates a multifaceted portrait of the firm s history, philosophy, and practice revealing as much about their process as the finished houses themselves. Models, axonometric drawings, floor and site plans, elevations, and photographs of vernacular structures from a collapsed barn in Montana, to Colorado mining compounds and a louvered colonnade in the Sacramento River Delta contribute to a full appreciation of Fernau + Hartman s work, how its sense of spontaneity and joy provides the antidote to so much of the self-conscious architecture that surrounds us, and results in houses that push the possibilities of residential design today."
Richard Fernau is principal of Fernau + Hartman Architects in Berkeley, California with partner Laura Hartman. A professor emeritus in the architecture department at the University of California, Berkeley, he divides his time between the Fernau
+ Hartman office in California and a storefront studio in rural
Montana where he pursues special projects, spends time with his wife
and two sons, and fly fishes.
210 pages, hard cover, Monacelli Press September 2015