Neutra, Richard: BUILDING WITH NATURE. New York: Universe Books, 1971.

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Richard Neutra

Richard Neutra: BUILDING WITH NATURE. New York: Universe Books, 1971. First edition.  Quarto. Blue fabricoid titled in black. Photo illustrated dust jacket. 222 pp. Fully illustrated with black and white photographs and plans. Price-clipped jacket with a trace of wear to lower edge and a lightly rubbed rear panel. Small sticker shadow and scrape to front endpaper. A nearly fine copy in a nearly fine dust jacket.

8.5 x 12 hardcover book with 222 pages and profusely illustrated with black and white plates and plans of Neutra’s residential architecture, all finely printed in Germany.  An early and comprehensive Neutra monograph.

  • Foreword: Dion Neutra
  • The Individual Counts
  • Space, Transparency, And Reflection
  • BEWOBAU Developments in Walldorf and Quickborn
  • Pariser House, Uniontown, PA
  • Oxley House, La Jolla, CA
  • Taylor House, Glendale, CA
  • Sale House, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cytron House, Beverley Hills, CA
  • House, Bryn Athen, PA
  • Ohara House, Los Angeles, CA
  • Inadomi House, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kambara House, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kilbury House, Palo Verdes, CA
  • Friedland House, Gladwyn, PA
  • Miller House, Norristown, PA
  • Hasserick House, Philadelphia, PA
  • Coveney House, Gulph Mills, PA
  • Ninnemann House, Claremont, CA
  • Barker House, Palo Verdes Estates, CA
  • Oberholtzer House, Rolling Hills, CA
  • Pickerling House, Newport Beach, CA
  • Clark House, Pasadena, CA
  • Bond House, San Diego, CA
  • Oyler House, Lone Pine, CA
  • Maslon House, Cathedral City, CA
  • Rice House, Richmond, VA
  • Glen House, Stamford, CT
  • List House, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kemper House, Wupperta, Germany
  • Rang House, Königstein, Germany
  • Casa Tuja, Ascona, Switzerland
  • House in the Swiss Alps, Wenger, Switzerland
  • Casa Ebelin, Navegna, Switzerland
  • VDL Research House, Los Angeles, CA
  • Biorealism In The Individual Case
  • Restlessness And Tranquil Security
  • Acknowledgements

Born and raised in Vienna, Richard Neutra (1872 –1970) came to America early in his career, settling in California. His influence on post-war architecture is undisputed, the sunny climate and rich landscape being particularly suited to his cool, sleek modern style. Neutra had a keen appreciation for the relationship between people and nature; his trademark plate glass walls and ceilings which turn into deep overhangs have the effect of connecting the indoors with the outdoors. Neutra's ability to incorporate technology, aesthetics, science, and nature into his designs him recognition as one of Modernist architecture's greatest talents.

American photographer Julius Shulman's (1910 – 2009) images of Californian architecture have burned themselves into the retina of the 20th century. Some of his architectural photographs, like the iconic shots of Frank Lloyd Wright's or Pierre Koenig's remarkable structures, have been published countless times. The brilliance of buildings like those by Charles Eames, as well as those of his close friend, Richard Neutra, was first brought to light by Shulman's photography.

The clarity of his work demanded that architectural photography had to be considered as an independent art form. Each Shulman image unites perception and understanding for the buildings and their place in the landscape. The precise compositions reveal not just the architectural ideas behind a building's surface, but also the visions and hopes of an entire age. A sense of humanity is always present in his work, even when the human figure is absent from the actual photographs.