Norway-based Canadian architect Todd Saunders has a unique understanding of the arctic landscape. His designs, set in some of the most remote locations on earth, splice modern sculptural forms with a deeply rooted respect for nature. His care for the natural landscape can be seen in his work, such as the Fogo Island Inn and the artists studios in Newfoundland. Rather than imposing themselves upon the countryside and coast, Saunders’s buildings seek a sensitive accommodation within the topography, among the icy flora, fauna, and treescapes of the landscapes they inhabit.
This volume focuses on Saunders’s residential designs and includes eleven of his most recent projects across Scandinavia and Canada, photographed amid their dramatic landscapes. Specially commissioned photography for the book includes a wealth of inspiring exterior and Nordic-style interior shots and each entry is accompanied by descriptions written by Dominic Bradbury in close collaboration with the architect. Sections on process and ways of working, as well as Saunders’s inspirations and design philosophy are interwoven in separate sections, which include drawings, plans, and photography. Todd Saunders is a dazzling monograph of a Nordic-inspired designer at the height of his powers.
The large page size and landscape format is used to full effect, with large color photographs and easy-to-read floor plans presented alongside the conversational text by Dominic Bradbury. Process photos in black and white are provided for each project as well…people of all sorts will be interested in the presentations of Saunders' stunning houses in stunning settings, but architects and architecture students will be drawn to the insights into his creative process.
— A Weekly Dose of Architecture Books
Gorgeous… An intimate look at the architect's motivations and methods… Each location is captured in stunning detail, with breathtaking photos, close-ups, seasonal images, and blueprints… Design aficionados are in for a treat.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Dominic Bradbury is a journalist and writer specializing in architecture and design. He is the author of many books on these subjects, including Off the Grid, The Iconic House, The Iconic American House, The Iconic British House, and The Iconic Interior.