'Twenty Houses by Twenty Architects' presents twenty houses designed by the most celebrated architects of the moment, in a wide range of countries. Technical data, plans and a biographical profile of the architect are presented for each of the twenty homes, along with the project report. Located in very diverse geographical settings and designed by figures with an established international reputation - including Glenn Murcutt, Steven Holl, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Richard Meier and Rem Kollhaas - as well as by emerging young architects, the twenty houses represent a significant moment of crystallization in contemporary architectural research. The discussion of the architecture also raises an investigation of the profound changes that are now taking place in the institution of the family, in its makeup, in the rhythms of its daily life and in the forms of its leisure and work.
Mercedes Daguerre is an Italy-based critic and historian. She graduated in architecture from the University Institute of Architecture in Venice in 1985 and has taught and carried out research in various universities in Europe and the Americas. She is the author of many books on contemporary architecture including 'Twenty Houses by Twenty Architects, Latin American Houses' (Pall Mall Press, 2012) and 'New Villas in Switzerland' (2011).