BUILD­ING THE DREAM

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Style | Architecture -

Be in­spired to re­think your home, with two new cof­fee-ta­ble tomes. Ar­chi­tects’ Homes (Images Pub­lish­ing, £35) takes a rare glimpse into the abodes of the world’s most in­no­va­tive ar­chi­tects. Among them are Domenic Al­varo’s Small House, a com­pact and el­e­gant home on a tricky six-by­seven-me­tre site and Manit and Sanali Ras­togi’s New Delhi home, which brings the out­side in with a bright ex­otic gar­den at its cen­tre. The New Old House (Abrams, £40), show­cases 18 ex­tra­or­di­nary his­toric homes that have been beau­ti­fully re­vamped for mod­ern liv­ing. A high­light is Ast­ley Cas­tle, a 12th-cen­tury for­ti­fied manor house once home to Lady Jane Grey, which has been trans­formed by Wither­ford Wat­son Mann Ar­chi­tects into an in­no­va­tive blend of orig­i­nal brick­work and mod­ern glass.

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