The first volume in this popular series showcases a diverse collection of Australian and New Zealand coastal retreats. The beach house or weekender has long played a major role in the recreational activities of Australians and New Zealanders, but design was often of secondary importance. It is only relatively recently that the beach house has evolved into an architect-designed sanctuary for its owners and visitors, where breathtaking surrounds complement superb architecture and comfortable living. Included are beach houses from an impressive selection of architects: Glenn Murcutt, Harry Seidler, Pete Bossley, Architectus, Craig Craig Moller, McBride Charles Ryan Architects, Kerstin Thompson Architects, Brit Andreson, McGauran Soon Architects, Lindsay Clare, Cox Richardson and others. All projects reflect fine contemporary architecture in an incredible diversity of forms and beach locations - from environmentally sensitive designs, to sumptuous seaside home and luxurious clifftop residences. 295 col., 50 b.andw.