Synopses & Reviews
Birdhouses of the World offers readers a curated collection of beautiful, whimsical, stop-you-in-your-tracks amazing birdhouses created by designers and bird lovers around the world. Bird expert and author Anne Schmauss provides a brief history of birdhouses and lists the kinds of birds that inhabit them, as well as the types of structures that attract various species. Most important in her selection for this book is the and#147;wowand#8221; factor: These birdhouses are spectacular in their creativity, ingenuity, and sheer originality. With styles ranging from sleek modern to elaborate Victorian, they are as varied as human houses. Illustrating the wide-ranging designs found throughout the world, and even including the birdhouse of filmmaker George Lucas, this book is a captivating look at the creativity than can result when a functional structure is infused with a love of birds.
"Laurens, founder of a company called La Cabane Perche (the Treehouse Aloft); Dufour, a watercolorist who designs and draws tree houses; and Andr, a carpenter who builds them, present in superb color photographs 50 tree houses they have constructed in France, Switzerland and Spain. Situated on estates and in gardens, backyards, forests and playgrounds, these are children's playhouses, writers' retreats, guesthouses (complete with water and electricity) and a simple platform for a bed for those on a limited budget. Many are reached by spiral staircases that wind around tree trunks, others have footbridges, and one even has a lift. All are marvels of technical construction and sophisticated woodwork, and most have stunning views. Photos and watercolors show the houses in their settings as well as their interiors, which often include elaborate furnishings. Brief texts describe how each house is designed and constructed in place without driving nails into the trees or removing branches: if a tree limb is in the way, it is simply incorporated into the design. Snippets of information about the clients who commissioned these dwellings add to the delight of this beautiful coffee-table book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
andldquo;[Author Anne] Schmauss searched the world to showcase the andlsquo;coolestandrsquo; birdhouses and tell their stories. And what birdhouses she has found.andrdquo;
andldquo;A fascinating, andlsquo;stop-you-in-your-tracksandrsquo; tour of birdhouses crafted by designers and bird enthusiasts all around the world.andrdquo;
andldquo;To judge from the imaginative birdhouses in Birdhouses of the World, some birds are inhabiting stylish architecture of the sort most of us can only dream about.andrdquo;
Living high up in the trees is no longer only a fantasy. A renewed passion for nature, combined with the growing availability of innovative building techniques and materials, has created a burst of imaginative treehouse construction on every continent. Alain Laurens is Europeand#8217;s leading architect of such projects, and his company, La cabane Perchand#233;e, is internationally recognized for its extraordinary treehouse design, superior workmanship, and ecological responsibility. Treehouse Living includes fifty innovative treehouses in a wide range of styles, all built without driving a single nail into a tree. From a lofty porch for entertaining to a secluded bedroom set amid rustling leaves, from an intimate dining room to a living area complete with spectacular views, this book offers a new way to live well in nature.
Laurens, internationally recognized for his extraordinary design, superior workmanship, and ecological responsibility, offers 50 innovative treehouses in a wide range of styles, all built without driving a single nail into a tree.
About the Author
Inspired by childhood memories and Italo Calvinoand#8217;s Baron in the Trees
, Alain Laurens founded his company, La Cabane Perchand#233;e (The Treehouse Aloft), in 2000 and quickly started conceiving and building treehouses around Europe with his partners, Daniel Dufour, a watercolor artist, and Ghislain Andrand#233;, a carpenter.