French Farmhouses & Cottages

French Farmhouses & Cottages

  • ISBN-13: 9780847815074
  • $12.05

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France is a country of contrasts - uniquely encompassing both northern Europe and the Mediterranean world - and these contrasts are nowhere more evident than in its farmhouses and cottages, anchored as they are in the land in all its differing guises. The wide geographical and geological variations, the survival of peasant cultures well into the twentieth century and the strong regional traditions all combine to give a variety of rural architecture without parallel in Europe.This book - the first of its kind to cover France in such depth - traces this diverse and attractive architectural idiom through almost every region of the country: the flamboyantly half-timbered houses of Alsace, the lauze-roofed chalets of Savoy, the extended farmsteads of Provence, the broad-spreading farmhouses of the Landes, the stone cottages of Brittany and many more are here detailed and explored, revealing their rustic charm and architectural ingenuity.But whether picturesque anachronisms or potent images of the past, these unusual buildings so magnificently designed to fit their environmental niche, and so imbued with a sense of place and a sense of belonging, are increasingly being viewed as essential bridges between the past and the future. Featuring John Miller's superb colour photography, this book is both an invaluable guide and a glowing tribute to a remarkable heritage.

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