We recently had the pleasure of having Steven Ehrlich visit our office and give a talk about his work. He is as personable as his work is fascinating. He left us with a recently published book of his work titled Steven Ehrlich Houses. We have featured two of the houses that are covered in the book if you would like a preview of what the book has to offer. (Ehrlich Architects’ projects houses and more) The book, of course, offers a far more in-depth look at the projects including a title page for each project with photographs of what inspired the design. As a world traveler who lived in west Africa for 6 years, Ehrlich’s inspirational photographs are captivating and clearly illustrate the driving force behind each project.
“Residential design forms the core of Steven Ehrlich’s award-winning architectural practice. Sixteen houses are presented here, designs characterized by the fusion of powerful modernist forms with the cultural, climatic, and contextual particulars of place.
Ehrlich spent six years living, teaching, traveling, and studying indigenous vernacular architecture in North and West Africa. During that time he was immersed in the visceral power and raw beauty of “Architecture Without Architects” and dazzled by settings like the luminous Zaria Mosque in Nigeria, the textured hill towns of Tunisia, the maze-like souks of Fez, the protected and intimate courtyard houses of Marrakesh, the gravity-defying raised forts of Ghana, and the interconnected desert cities of Algeria.
At the same time Ehrlich had a deep commitment to modernism, with its focus on minimalism, honesty in materials, and rooted connection to the land. Over a thirty-year career he has brought these two strands together in the houses he has designed in the desert landscape of Southern California and the Southwest. There are commonalities in these houses—generous volumes, visual clarity, large windows, interlocking rooms, protected courtyards, structural honesty, richly textured materials, and a connection to nature—but each home is a new beginning, a chance to learn and to create a spatial experience.”
Contents: 007 Introduction by Sam Lubell 013 Kalfus Studio
025 Addition to Neutra Beach Hous
037 Schindler House on Ellis Avenue
069 Webster Residence
083 Boxenbaum Residence
097 Schulman Residence
111 Canyon Residence 125 Waldfogel Residence 143 Zeidler Residence
163 Leonard Residence
175 Carrillo Residence
193 Wolfe Residence
205 Helal Residence 223 Kreuzer-Schroeder Residence 227 McElroy Residence 231 MacMillan Residence 236 Project Credits 239 Acknowledgements 240 Illustration Credits
Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: The Monacelli Press (April 12, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1580933068 ISBN-13: 978-1580933063