There's a reason that the most coveted real estate is close to water; we have an innate need to be near it, whether it be the beach, a pond, river or lake. There, everything is right in the world. The daydreamy new book Living on Water, from Phaidon, shows us through stunning photography just how heartachingly wonderful, and surprising, a life by water can be, when design is so thoughtfully considered. Divided into three themes - houses built to look at the water; houses built to be on the water; and houses built to be reflected by the water - this compendium takes us on an international tour to explore the relationship between these remarkable residences and the natural world, each of its 55 featured homes as unique as the environment they live harmoniously within.
Living on Water is not only for architecture lovers - there are buildings from John Pawson, David Chipperfield Architects and Tadao Ando Architects & Associates as well as new names who all so elegantly resolved their project's extraordinary challenges - but also for anyone who seeks blissful scenes of life we wouldn't otherwise be able to see. The pages flow like a guided excursion into exhilarating, exclusive territory. The perfect book to sit with and let wash over you, it's a glimpse into aspirational living at its purest.
Living on Water by Phaidon Editors is available in hardback at £29.95. Its 272 pages feature 260 colour illustrations.
Pole House, F2 Architecture, 2017. Fairhaven, Australia
Pole Pass Retreat, Olson Kundig, 2013. San Juan Islands, WA, USA.
Manshausen Island Resort, Stinessen Arkitektur, 2015. Manshausen, Norway.
Beach House, Cibinel Architecture, 2016. Victoria Beach, Canada.
Domus Aurea, Alberto Campo Baeza and GLR Arquitectos, 2016. Monterrey, Mexico.
Exbury Egg, PAD Studio, SPUD Group, and Stephen Turner, 2013. Beaulieu River, Hampshire, UK.
Photos courtesy of Phaidon