The Modern Thai House: Innovative Design in Tropical Asia

Robert Powell (Author) Albert Lim Ks (Photographer)

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$29.95  $27.55
Tuttle Publishing
Publish Date
October 18, 2015
8.9 X 1.0 X 11.7 inches | 2.7 pounds
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About the Author

Robert Powell is an architect and writer. He was formerly Associate Professor of Architecture at the National University of Singapore. Currently Project Director and Head of Ecomasterplanning with Llewelyn Davies Yeang (London), he is working with Ken Yeang on projects in Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Qatar. He is the author of thirty books, including The Tropical Asian House; Modern Tropical Architecture: The Work of Tay Kheng Soon and Akitek Tenggara; Rethinking the Skyscraper: The Complete Works of Ken Yeang; Singapore Architecture; SCDA Architects: The Architecture of Soo Chan; Singapore: Architecture of a Global City; The New Malaysian House; Singapore Houses and The New Indonesian House. He writes occasionally for Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Dialogue (Taiwan) and Monument (Australia).

Albert Lim Koon Seng is an acclaimed Singapore-based architectural photographer whose images have been published extensively in architectural journals, including A+U (Japan), Architectural Review, Singapore Architect, SPACE (Singapore) and Monument (Australia). His photographs have illustrated numerous books, including Living Legacy; Modern Tropical Architecture; Singapore: Architecture of a Global City; The New Malaysian House; Singapore Houses and The New Indonesian House. His work has also illustrated exhibitions at the Venice Biennale (2004) and at Aedes East, Berlin (2006).


"The Modern Thai House features twenty-five houses selected by Robert Powell. Mainly designed by young architects in Bangkok and Chiangmai, these have been created in the last five years. I am impressed by the freshness and diversity of these contemporary works. There is an enjoyable consistency in the way that the lush vegetation, pools of water and often magnificent views weave through and around the architecture. The photography in this impressive book captures these qualities beautifully. This volume is an intelligent reminder of the importance that the design of the family house plays in the career of an architect. In many ways to design a good home is the ultimate architectural challenge." --Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, owner of Foster + Partners