Arcadian Architecture shows the best work by leading American architectural firm Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson. The book guides the reader on a coast-to-coast tour from New York State to Washington State, and from the woods of Connecticut to the mountains of Montana. Whether it is a small cottage hidden in a forest or the elaborate lakeside compound of Bill Gates, each project shows an unusually rare sensitivity to its natural environment and to the use of materials. As Peter Bohlin himself writes in the foreword to the book: We believe in an architecture that springs from the nature of circumstance… the nature of its place, whether natural or man-made – the tilt and warp of the land, the sun and wind, rain and snow, its attitude, its spirit, the marks of man on a place, a dense urban world or a landscape that reveals its geological past and vestiges of man’s hand… the nature of making, of materials – stone, wood, concrete, steel, aluminum, glass, plastic, fabric – each has its particular qualities. All materials have a kind of will – we are fascinated by the connection between the nature of materials, the places they quite naturally make and our use of these particular places.
Beside the foreword by Peter Bohlin, Arcadian Architecture hosts an introduction by architect James Cutler, founder of the Cutler Anderson Architects, and an introductory essay by Thomas Fisher, dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota.
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson was founded in 1965 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania by Peter Bohlin and Richard Powell. Today the principals are Peter Bohlin, Bernard Cywinski and Jon Jackson. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has received more than 260 national and international awards for designs.