Phaidon Elemental Living

Phaidon Elemental Living


Phaidon Elemental Living


Elemental Living presents 60 works of architecture from across the 20th and 21st centuries that have a special relationship with the natural world. The book includes a visually breathtaking selection of architect-created houses that have been designed to create unparalleled views of a wide variety of natural landscapes; designed to be almost indistinguishable from the natural landscape; or designed using materials and forms found in the natural landscape. 

Each house demonstrates a deep concern with the creation of unique living spaces that connect their inhabitants with the forests, mountains, lakes, deserts, and oceans that have attracted humanity for millennia.


  • Features such buildings as tropical tree houses and cliff-side caves, mountain hideaways, forest retreats and desert oases, luxury igloos, and cliff-side cabins
  • A specially curated selection of architect-designed houses that reflects contemporary concerns about the preservation and sensitive inhabitation of natural landscapes
  • The book is organized into three sections: 'With' – houses constructed from natural materials found on the land; 'Within' – houses that are completely integrated into the natural environment; and 'At' – houses that make the most of spectacular views
  • Features buildings by 20th-century masters such as Mies van der Rohe, Oscar Niemeyer, and Frank Lloyd Wright as well as contemporary stars including Rick Joy, Kengo Kuma, Sou Fujimoto, and Mathias Klotz


  • Hardback
  • English
  • 29cm x 25cm 
  • 280pp
  • 360 colour illustrations