Taschen Albert Frey
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Sandcastles: Albert Frey, the desert modernist
Meet the architect who brought notes of Bauhaus, Le Corbusier and De Stijl to the West Coast. From his beginnings in Europe, Frey developed a unique architectural brand, that would redefine midcentury California through sleek, leisurely structures nestled among the arid landscapes of Palm Springs and beyond.
The Zurich-born Architect Albert Frey (1903–1998) visioned a modernist utopia in the desert. On a visit to Palm Springs, he fell under the desert spell. It was here, amid the arid and empty landscape, that he could truly envisage a perfect modern future.
Frey would spend the rest of his career nurturing the consonance of architecture and nature: studying the fall of sunlight and rain, and merging aluminum, steel, and glass with the boulders and sands of the West Coast wilds. His vision centered in particular on Palm Springs, capitalizing on the city’s postwar population boom to create a bastion of the sleek, leisurely modernism that defines midcentury California.
In this dependable architect introduction, the book follows Frey’s long and prestigious career from his European beginnings through to the apogee of his Californian practice.
- Hardcover, 21 x 26 cm, 96 pages.
- ISBN: 9783836547468.
- Edition: English.
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