Spirit of Place - Trade Edition


by Oppenheim Architecture


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“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.

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.


Named one of Aspire Design and Home’s “must-reads.”

“Oppenheim’s properties engage and harness their surrounding land and seascapes and showcase the designer’s dedication to sustainable practices and materials.”—Worth  

“Instead of trying to compete with the beauty of the natural landscape…Oppenheim created a house that recedes into it.”—New York Times

“The book includes 120 stunning photographs cataloging seven of the firm’s projects.”—designboom

“Representative of Oppenheim’s signature style of creating socially- and environmentally-friendly architecture and interiors.”—Forbes

“A must-have photo book for architecture lovers…the images display the firm’s sensitivity toward natural landscapes as well as an ability to highlight and celebrate a site’s inherent strength, character, and beauty.”—Gessato

“Spirit of Place is architectural monograph as art and inspiration.”—A Daily Dose of Architecture

This lusciously produced book…is a documentation of [Oppenheim’s] ideas about the minimalism of architecture, how he lets buildings recede to the background while the setting…takes center stage.”—The Big Bubble Miami

“The images literally speak for themselves…The idea is for readers to immerse themselves in the various terrains.”—The Real Deal

“An incredible book.”—Home Stratosphere

"How do you create an experience rather than a building? How can we evoke the spirit of place? The built world and visions in this book demonstrate an architecture that attempts to realign and reconnect us to the world around us." — Chad Oppenheim

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.


Trade Edition

Publication Date: June 4, 2019 

Paperback with Dust Jacket, Lay Flat Binding

236 Pages, 120 Photographs

9 x 13 x in.