Item description for In Detail: Building Skins (In Detail (englisch)) by Christian Schittich, Werner Lang & Roland Krippner...
In recent years the facades of a building have become increasingly significant due to unconventional choices of materials and the use of innovative technology. More and more the external surfaces are being perceived and designed as an integral part of the building. This skin, a protective mantle, defines not only the interior but also the adjoining exterior space. It is the visiting card of the building. In this, the second volume in the series "in Detail", the wide-ranging aspects of facade design are discussed. Focussing on the choice of materials and their application, the aesthetic qualities and the technical possibilities are presented in carefully selected international examples. As in the first volume all plans and large scale details showing the facades in explanatory sections have been painstakingly researched and drawn by the editorial staff of Detail. Expert authors clarify the criteria essential for planning and designing facades, and they examine the potential for building skins and their use as intelligent facades which diverse technologies and materials offer.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 9.5" Height: 12" Weight: 2.8 lbs.
Release Date Jan 5, 2007
Publisher Birkhäuser Basel
ISBN 3764376406 ISBN13 9783764376406
Availability 0 units.
More About Christian Schittich, Werner Lang & Roland Krippner
The series editor, Christian Schittich (b. 1956), is a trained architect with many years of office experience; since 1998 he is editor-in-chief of the journal Detail and author and editor of numerous books and articles in the field.
Reviews - What do customers think about In Detail: Building Skins (In Detail (englisch))?
Wide range of material, forms and geometry examples Jun 2, 2008
This books contains mostly low rise building, stadium, and stores in Europe that shows exordinary variety of materials used in exterior skins. A eye opener that give a glimps of the recent development of curtain wall design and the creativity involved in solving various problems. Each case contains at least horizontal and vertical sections drawings with materials table and background introduction of its functions, and some has enlarged photo of particular features which is useful to study how it was constructed. While in some cases I wish more close-up pictures were given, but at least for the most part it was more useful than most of architectual books which only offer overall view of the building and it liveup the name 'in detail' which I was looking for.
In Detail Series sets a new standard for contemporary architecture Aug 3, 2007
I cannot say enough about the quality of this entire series, and this book is among the best of the set. Few architecture books are of this high quality; one usually expects some level of editorial compromise; either we get lightweight analysis and documentation with beautiful photographs, or you get overly complex, teched out stuff that doesn't understand the fundamental concepts. Or it's just bad architecture. But this entire series, from the quality of the writing, the great beauty and clarity of the drawings, and finally to the aptness and excellence of the finished architecture; it represents the new state of the art. Buy the whole series, but start with this one and "Building Simply", which I'll rave about separately.
Amazing reference and read Jul 27, 2007
A must have for all architects and those interested in how buildings come together and the importance the skin plays. As specially when trying new materials.
Spectacular buildings with unique sidings Mar 11, 2007
There was a time when there was no question as to what the outside skin of a building was going to be, glass alternating with metal panels. Something monolithic looking like the UN building.
Now significant advances in materials, architectural design, creative use of conventional materials like shingles, concrete, or sprayed on foam are producing building where the skin becomes more than just what you see.
The book is organized into two main sections. The first third or so is used to describe the general changes that have been taking place in the general area of building skins.
The last two thirds show where various treatments have been used in actual buildings. The buildings vary from tiny, micro houses to athletic stadiums, stores to factories.
This is European publication. Most of the buildings are in Europe, with a few from Japan. They represent the most significant advances in design I have seen in a long time.
Great Book Feb 21, 2007
Great examples of innovative building skins with good details. Highly recommended for architects and architecture lovers.