Part photo essay, part design survey, Caribbean Style offers cover-to-cover color photos (more than 600 in all) of the landscapes, facades, and interiors of the alluring Antilles, a region "at once showy and down-to-earth." Visit the regal plantation manors, the elegant town houses, the nicely appointed vacation homes, the proudly painted homes of the populace, and the omnipresent gardens of nine beautiful Caribbean islands. The very notion of a unified Caribbean style would seem to be impossible in this realm of separate island worlds, yet the diversity is rooted in a common Creole heritage, resulting in a fascinating vernacular architecture that tells the story of life--both past and present--in the West Indies. --Amy Handy --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
In 600 color photographs, accompanied by brief descriptive text, this book takes us on a tour of the brightly painted, widely varied architectural landscape of the Caribbean Islands. As with Slesin and Stafford Cliff's earlier French Style ( LJ 10/15/82) and English Style ( LJ 12/84), the presentation is more an appreciation of styles than a how-to or a discussion of design principles. The text concentrates on providing reasons for particular architectural features; the need for ventilation and shelter from heat and sun gives rise to the variety of solutions illustrated here. Houses are divided into four typesplantation, town, popular, and contemporaryand examples of each are examined. Morris's foreword and Jack Berthelot and Martine Gaume's introduction help to put the photographs into a historical and stylistic context. Highly recommended. Margaret Jean Owens, Santa Ana P.L., Cal.
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