Step into unique homes from around the world and discover the many fascinating ways in which people live and have lived.If you lived in the mountains of southern Spain, your bedroom might be carved out of a mountain. If you lived in a village in South Africa, the outside of your house might tell the story of your family. And if you lived in a floating green house in the Netherlands, you could rotate your house to watch both the sunrise and sunset.With intricate bas-relief collages, Giles Laroche uncovers the reason why each home was constructed the way in which it was, then lets us imagine what it would be like to live in homes so different from our own.Showing the tremendous variety of dwellings worldwide log cabins, houses on stilts, cave dwellings, boathouses, and yurts this book addresses why each house is build the way that it is. Reasons such as blending into the landscape, confusing invaders, being able to travel with one's home, using whatever materials are at hand are as varied as the homes themselves.List of Houses included: Dogtrot log house, based on dogtrots built in the southern U.S.Chalet, based on chalets built in the Austrian Alps.Pueblo, Taos, New MexicoConnected barn, based on connected barns common in rthern New England.Cave dwelling, Guadix, Andalucia, SpainPalafitos (house on stilts), Chiloe Island, ChilePalazzo Dario, Venice, ItalyChateau La Brede, Bordeaux, FranceTulou, Hangkeng village, Yongding, ChinaHalf-timbered houses, Miltenberg am Main, GermanyGreek island village houses, Astipalaia Island, GreeceDecorated houses of Ndebele, Pretoria, Transvaal, South AfricaYurt, based on yurts in Mongolia and other parts of central Asia.Airstream trailer, USAFloating house, Middleburg, the NetherlandsTree house, USA
Brilliant at bas-relief cut-paper collage, Giles Laroche is the illustrator of several picture books -- including What Do Wheels Do All Day (Houghton) and Bridges are to Cross -- many of which have generated starred reviews and foreign and special sales. He lives in Salem, MA and in the summer moves to an old barn in New Hampshire.