Spirit of Place

by Chad Oppenheim

$175.00

“For thousands of years, civilization has constructed its buildings on the land. We prefer to construct our buildings with the land, where architecture recedes and becomes a frame,” writes Chad Oppenheim. These words are the theme of Spirit of Place, the first monograph of the work of Oppenheim Architecture. Through passion and sensitivity towards man and nature, the firm creates monumental yet silent work that invokes a site’s inherent power. "Like an archeologist, we try to uncover the truth of a site. Searching for an architecture that becomes one with its surroundings while amplifying the connection to place."


The book, with 120 stunning photographs and minimal text, features seven of the firm’s projects, ranging in scale and location from homes in the Bahamas and Aspen to a resort in the Jordanian desert. The projects are categorized by each site’s predominant natural element: dune, desert, stream, river, sea, canyon, and peninsula. The images, like the architecture, focus on and celebrate the natural world, illustrating Oppenheim’s design philosophy that “form follows feeling.” The volume includes text by Chad Oppenheim, Val K. Warke, Antón García-Abril, and Mark Jarzombek.

The design of the Collector’s Edition of Spirit of Place maximizes the viewer’s engagement with the sites highlighted. The large-scale white block with a lay-flat binding allows the book to open fully, maximizing the impact of the photography.


Chad Oppenheim is a Miami-based architect whose work has been praised for its ability to transform the prosaic into the poetic. A graduate of Cornell University and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Oppenheim has lectured widely and has taught at several architecture schools, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In 1999, he founded Oppenheim Architecture (Miami, Basel, New York), which has garnered global recognition for large-scale urban architecture, hotels and resorts, private residences, interiors, and furnishings.


Specifications

Collector's Edition

Publication Date: March 1, 2018

Size: 13 x 9 x 2.5 in

Construction: Hard-shell slipcase, book sleeve,

236 pages, 120 photographs, Lay flat binding

Production: Netherlands

ISBN: 978-0-9986931-1-8

All proceeds to Oceana.org