Embracing the elements of bestselling and award-winning author Rybczynski's most successful books on domestic architecture, "Home" and "The Most Beautiful House in the World" this charming, revelatory meditation explores the dawn of domestic architecture, and provides a new way of looking at every building.
While I enjoyed the book, the flow of writing seemed jumpy at times – primarily due to the fact that the works Rybczynski chose were not presented in a clearly delineated manner. Admittedly, since the scope of some of these buildings – and the time in which they were built – meant construction schedules lasting 6 to 12 years, many of the works were completed simultaneously making a chronological approach difficult at best. But the lack of a “path” meant circular references to buildings not elsewhere discussed in the book or not yet covered – even though they were built prior to the work at hand. Also, so much time was spent on the development of the building layouts, the biographical details of Palladio seemed insufficient to create a fully three-dimensional view of the man. Snippets referencing family, upbringing, professional jealousies, etc. left me wanting more – but maybe that is better served in a separate book.