Phaidon Living on Water

Phaidon Living on Water

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Living on Water by Phaidon Editors


Living on Water showcases the finest examples of residential architecture that have one thing in common - their special relationship to that most essential of elements: water. These homes have been designed with water as a fundamental key to their very essence - whether built with a water view, built on water itself, or built to be reflected in water - and the results are stunning. This is a global tour that provides endless inspiration.

"...Let water in, where possible, not hope to subdue Mother Nature... Live with the water, rather than struggle to defeat it."—New York Times


  • Features a visually breathtaking selection of 55 private residences from 26 countries that, through a wide variety of design concepts and techniques, and radically different settings, each have a unique relationship with water
  • Gives an accessible insight into the relationship between water and architecture and an understanding of basic architectural design concepts
  • Includes iconic projects by a diverse range of globally renowned architectural firms, among them David Chipperfield Architects, Wiel Arets Architects, John Pawson, Lund Hagem Architects, MOS Architects, Alberto Campo Baeza, Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, and more
  • Organised in three thematic chapters to demonstrate the projects' relationship with water: built to look at water; built on water; and built to reflect water


  • Hardback
  • English
  • 29cm x 25cm 
  • 272pp
  • 296 colour and 45 B&W illustrations