The House Book is a global survey of 500 houses, covering an astonishing array of architects, cultures, styles, materials and design movements. The selection ranges from mud huts to Baroque palaces, and Arts and Crafts houses today's contemporary icons. Every notion of the house is explored -the visually astounding, iconic houses, architect-designed houses, as well as the homes and dwellings of diverse cultures around the world. The house is perhaps mankind's most enduring invention. Built originally to serve as shelter from the elements, the house in recent times has become a showpiece for architects to challenge our perceptions and display their prowess as designers and builders. Arranged in A-Z order by architect, patron, tribe or people, each house is illustrated by a key image revealing the diverse nature of the environment we call home. The architect and house is discussed concisely and placed in a broader, historical context. The House Book is an accessible and informative source book for all those interested in the practical, decorative and complex construction that has such an enormous influence on all our lives.