Item description for Below Ground Level: Creating New Spaces for Contemporary Architecture by Ernst von Meijenfeldt...
Any space that involves descending from our typical aboveground environment is a provocation to our sensory perceptions. Such hidden spaces evoke latent mythical images and confront us with the clash between nature and artifice in our built environment. This book explores the character, use and design of underground space as a space of its own. International examples of commercial premises, restaurants, sports facilities, subway stations, museums, churches, libraries, concert halls, houses and other building types form the core material. Interviews with many renowned designers including Norman Foster, Floris Alkemade (OMA) and Francine Houben (Mecanoo) convey the architects' own views on the subject. Essays reflect on the cultural aspects, planning conditions, design considerations, technical requirements and sustainability aspects of building below ground level. Chapters include: Urban Development, Architecture, Functions, Perception and Cognition, Constructions, Energy and Interior Climate.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 9.12" Height: 0.9" Weight: 2.56 lbs.
Release Date Oct 25, 2002
Publisher Birkhäuser Basel
ISBN 3764369086 ISBN13 9783764369088
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Good introduction to underground architecture Mar 13, 2006
"Below Ground Level" is a good introductory text on the subject, consisting of short sections with color photographs and descriptions of featured buildings (almost all in Europe), essays by several architects, and interviews of other architects. The psychology of building underground is well addressed, but the technical aspects are glossed over. This is certainly NOT a how-to book. The lack of plan or axionometric views is a weakness.