Four Florida Moderns: The Architecture of Alberto Alfonso, René González, Chad Oppenheim & Guy W. Peterson

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W.W. Norton & Company, 2010 - Architecture - 311 pages
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Alberto Alfonso, René González, Chad Oppenheim, and Guy Peterson—The Florida Four—are making a mark for themselves in contemporary architectural circles, infusing modernist traditions with their own flair. Practitioners of modernism in Florida—or, more accurately, tropical modernism—they are producing noteworthy works that display their commitment to distinctive regionalism. This book is the first to showcase their rich and varied repertoires.

Each of the four architects has a unique take on modernism, resulting in four very different aesthetic approaches. From airports, medical facilities, and museums to open-air chapels, waterfront homes, and condominium complexes, their designs are fascinating for both their rootedness in modernist ideals and their dramatically different interpretations of it.

More than 300 vibrant, full-color photographs offer a survey of work by each of the architects. At once a striking visual tour and a thoughtful examination, Four Florida Moderns treats readers to the rich and innovative styles of tropical modernism as conceived by four trailblazing architects.

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Contents

ALBERTO ALFONSO
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Analysis by Charles Gwathmey FAIA
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A Conversation with Alberto Alfonso PROJECTS
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About the author (2010)

Saxon Henry has written for a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Interior Design, Robb Report, Traditional Home, Modernism Magazine, Home Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s Day, Country Home, Latitudes and Coastal Living. She is a frequent contributor to the Home & Design section of The Miami Herald, Sandow Media’s Luxe magazines, and the Florida Design publications. Henry is also a contributing editor to Modern Luxury’s MIAMI and Manhattan magazines. Her European/Asian credits include Elle Décor (India), Residence Magazine (The Netherlands), Casamica (Italy), Style: Living (Singapore) and Architectural Digest in Austria and Germany. With one book to her credit, Big Home, Big Challenge: Design Solutions for Larger Spaces, a second book, Four Florida Moderns, will be released by W.W. Norton & Co. in December 2009. Henry’s ezine, www.DesignCommotion.com, surveys everything dynamic in the field of design. The journalist/author is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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