“At Home in Maine,” by Brian Vanden Brink and Christopher Glass, both of Camden; Down East Books, hard cover, 160 pages, 200 color photos, $40.

Renowned architectural photographer Brian Vanden Brink believes that “good architecture, sensitive to site, will inspire others to produce, build, and design more of the same.” Toward that end, he and architect Christopher Glass have created a new book, “At Home in Maine: Houses Designed to Fit the Land.”

Following an introduction explaining the book’s design principles, three sections provide examples of these principles: homes that have been renovated with respect for the land, while valuing the original builder’s intent; non-residential buildings that have been turned into homes; and new homes designed to fit their sites.

Among the featured homes are traditional capes nestled into hillside meadows and cedar-shingled oceanfront cottages.

Houses chosen for the book are relatively small and serve as inspiration for designers, builders and homeowners everywhere who want to suit their homes to their natural and cultural settings.

Glass moved to Maine to practice architecture in 1970. After living in the Rangeley area for a number of years, he and his wife, Rosalee, moved to Camden, where he opened his practice in 1974. He has designed numerous houses and additions and has been active in historic preservation. He has taught architectural design at Bowdoin College for 20 years.

A graduate of Haverford College with a master’s in architecture from Yale, he is vice president of the Maine Preservation and a former chairperson of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

Brink is often architectural photographer of choice for architectural trade journals as well as for many consumer publications.

Book publishers have featured his work in more than 100 books and professional architects have called on him to photograph dozens of award-winning projects nationwide.

“At Home in Maine” is available wherever books are sold or directly from Down East Books, www.downeastbooks.com or (800) 685-7962.


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