"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