The New Old House
The houses are alternately lavish and simple, of enduring historic value and everyday, and address a range of issues, including sustainability, multiculturalism, preservation, and style
By Everett Potter
One of the joys of living the travel life is the chance to experience reborn buildings, be they hotels or homes, especially in this age of allegiance to Air BnB and VRBO. As someone who is fairly addicted to contemporary architecture, I’m thrilled to report that EPTR contributor Marc Kristal is publishing a new book, The New Old House (Abrams), that highlights some pretty extraordinary buildings. Maybe someday I’ll even get to stay in one of them.
The New Old House features 18 residential projects in the US, Puerto Rico, and the UK that “interleave historic and contemporary architecture in ways that are elegant, imaginative, provocative, and enriching,” says Kristal. “The houses are alternately lavish and simple, of enduring historic value and everyday, and address a range of issues, including sustainability, multiculturalism, preservation, and style.”
Most of the renovations occurred in the last decade, but all of the homes have origins reaching back into the past, in some cases hundreds of years. Projects and firms featured include Greenwich House, Allan Greenberg; Longbranch, Jim Olson; Astley Castle, Witherford Watson Mann; Hunsett Mill, Acme; Cotswolds House, Richard Found and more than a dozen others.
Kristal certainly has the chops for this endeavor. A former editor of AIA/J, he has written for Metropolis, the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Wallpaper, Dwell and numerous other publications and written, coauthored, or contributed to 30 books along the way, including Re:Crafted, Immaterial World, and Magni Modernism.
Click below to see some of these remarkable exteriors and interiors up close. Then go ahead and order The New Old House