Living in space stations or in floating bubbles is not as farfetched as it may sound, and FANTASTIC ARCHITECTURE brings to the reader this world of the future, of visionary dreams, as well as the world of obscure eccentrics who have created their own "unofficial" architecture. Great artists and architects such as Gaudi, Dubuffet, Dali, Schwitters, Soleri, Buckminister Fuller, and Christo have let their imaginations roam to produce extraordinary houses, gardens, settlements, and free-form sculptures that can be lived in.
Perhaps most intriguing are the little-known structures built of unusual materials by unknown people: sand castles, ice sculptures, dwellings made of discarded bottles, aluminum cans, driftwood, objects from city dumps, old dolls, newspapers, and automobile tires.
The aim of this book - to depict houses and surroundings of the most personal sort, built with complete freedom of fantasy, and conforming to no zoning laws and building codes - has been admirably fulfilled. Photographer-authors Michael Schuyt and Joost Elffers have been as whimsical in their wonderful photography as the unusual people who have created these structures.