If You Lived Here: Houses of the World

by Giles Laroche

Step into unique homes from around the world and discover the many fascinating ways people live and have lived.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547238920
  • ISBN-10: 0547238924
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 10/25/2011
  • Carton Quantity: 20
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  • About the Book
    Master of the cut and paste art technique, Giles Laroche takes readers on a storytelling journey around the world that celebrates the diversity of homes and the people who are shaped by them.  


    Step into unique homes from around the world and discover the many fascinating ways in which people live and have lived. If you lived in the mountains of southern Spain, your bedroom might be carved out of a mountain. If you lived in a village in South Africa, the outside of your house might tell the story of your family. And if you lived in a floating green house in the Netherlands, you could rotate your house to watch both the sunrise and sunset. 


    With intricate bas-relief collages, Giles Laroche uncovers the reason why each home was constructed the way in which it was, then lets us imagine what it would be like to live in homes so different from our own. Showing the tremendous variety of dwellings worldwide—log cabins, houses on stilts, cave dwellings, boathouses, and yurts—this book addresses why each house is build the way that it is. Reasons—such as blending into the landscape, confusing invaders, being able to travel with one's home, using whatever materials are at hand—are as varied as the homes themselves.

    List of Houses included: 


    Dogtrot log house, based on dogtrots built in the southern U.S. 

    Chalet, based on chalets built in the Austrian Alps. 

    Pueblo, Taos, New Mexico 

    Connected barn, based on connected barns common in northern New England. 

    Cave dwelling, Guadix, Andalucia, Spain 

    Palafitos (house on stilts), Chiloe Island, Chile 

    Palazzo Dario, Venice, Italy 

    Chateau La Brede, Bordeaux, France 

    Tulou, Hangkeng village, Yongding, China 

    Half-timbered houses, Miltenberg am Main, Germany 

    Greek island village houses, Astipalaia Island, Greece 

    Decorated houses of Ndebele, Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa 

    Yurt, based on yurts in Mongolia and other parts of central Asia. 

    Airstream trailer, USA 

    Floating house, Middleburg, the Netherlands 

    Tree house, USA 


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    "This exemplary title can inspire readers as well as educate them."—School Library Journal, starred review

    "With such small connections, Laroche emphasizes the similarities over the differences, making this volume both an informative sampling of domestic architecture and a meaningful representation of global culture."—Booklist

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