By Travel + Leisure
May 06, 2009

"In the tropics, the barriers between indoors and outdoors are minimal. You can make rooms with no walls at all," Raul A. Barreneche writes in Tropical Modern (Rizzoli, $39.95), a lush look at bold architecture in sultry climes, from an upside-down roof in the Bahamas (designed to catch rainwater) to a cantilevered open-air living room on a Cabo San Lucas cliff. Barreneche, a T+L contributing editor, examines houses in Venezuela, Australia, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and other hot spots, observing how pared-down structures can embrace their surroundings with both style and substance.
—H. Scott Jolley