Spirit of Place is the first monograph of the work of Oppenheim Architecture. Through passion and sensitivity towards man and nature, the firm creates monumental yet silent work that invokes a site’s inherent power. How do you create an experience rather than a building? How can we evoke the spirit of place? The built world and visions in this book demonstrate an architecture that attempts to realign and reconnect us to the world around us.
The book, with 120 stunning photographs and minimal text, features seven of the firm’s projects, ranging in scale and location from homes in the Bahamas to a resort in the Jordanian desert. The projects are categorized by each site’s predominant natural element: dune, desert, stream, river, sea, canyon, and peninsula. The images, like the architecture, focus on and celebrate the natural world, illustrating Oppenheim’s design philosophy that form follows feeling. The volume includes text by Chad Oppenheim, Val K. Warke, Antón García-Abril, and Mark Jarzombek.