1000 Architectural Details: A Selection of the World's Most Interesting Building Elements

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A study of detail in contemporary world architecture in photographs and drawings.

1000 Architectural Details is a reference catalog to buildings' structural features. In photography and drawings (floors, elevations, cross-sections, axonometrics and sketches), the authors discuss how function meets form to create outstanding architecture and design. The material has been selected for its capacity to inspire and propose innovative ideas on how to...

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Overview

A study of detail in contemporary world architecture in photographs and drawings.

1000 Architectural Details is a reference catalog to buildings' structural features. In photography and drawings (floors, elevations, cross-sections, axonometrics and sketches), the authors discuss how function meets form to create outstanding architecture and design. The material has been selected for its capacity to inspire and propose innovative ideas on how to approach the design or construction of different parts of a project.

Divided into 15 thematic chapters, the details are numbered from one to a thousand, and each is illustrated with a close-up photograph or drawing and explained in a concise caption. The authors begin with primary structural elements, such as columns and beams, and a section on materials and their properties covers the finishings commonly used, such as concrete and steel.

The authors also discuss essential installed elements, such as facades, roofs and insulation, as well as the many interior and exterior features that, while functional, allow the most latitude in decoration. These can include floors, lighting, color, storage, doors and landscaping. "Green building" is covered in chapters on sustainable materials, recycling and prefabricated materials.

This is a fascinating volume packed with comprehensive illustrations and the most current expert information. Professionals, do-it-yourselfers and anyone with an interest in design will find it eminently practical.

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Editorial Reviews

Denver Post - Bill LaHay
Like foods that taste so good you forget that they also sustain your health, the images in the book can win you over out of sheer appeal and never shout out their practical virtues. It's fun to see so many creative and elegant ideas made real with so many materials, and it's easy to forget how many tangible lessons your imagination is quietly absorbing while your eyes enjoy the dance. Later, after the images have had time to mingle and percolate inside your head, you can perhaps expect some new and original designs to call your own.
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A reference catalogue of contemporary buildings' structural features, the material has been selected for its capacity to inspire and propose innovative ideas on how to approach the design or construction of different parts of a project. Divided into 15 thematic chapters, each detail is numbered from one to one thousand, and each is illustrated with a close-up photograph or technical drawing and explained in a concise caption. While primarily concentrating on commercial projects (although residential housing is covered), architects and designers of condominiums and multi-unit dwellings are sure to find inspiration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554077830
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/20/2010
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 594,322
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Sanchez Vidiella is an expert in art history and contemporary art. He has written and edited many books on architecture and design, including The Atlas of Contemporary Architecture.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Structure

  • Columns
  • Beams

Facades

  • Wood
  • Stone
  • Glass
  • Concrete
  • Metal
  • Synthetic and hybrid facades
  • Double facades
  • Illuminated and translucent facades
  • Balconies, overhangs and verandas

Roofs and Decks

  • Typologies and materials

Horizontal and Vertical Connections

  • Exterior stairs, handrails and banisters
  • Interior stairs, handrails and banisters
  • Elevators
  • Ramps
  • Bridges, pedestrian walkways and passageways

Enclosure

  • Partitions

Finishings

  • Wood
  • Stone
  • Concrete
  • Metal
  • Synthetics
  • Ceramic and porcelain
  • Use of color

Framework and Glasswork

  • Interior doors
  • Exterior doors
  • Windows and use of glass
  • Skylights and portholes

Ironworks and Blinds

  • Blinds and Venetian blinds
  • Fences and garden entrances
  • Wrought iron

Installations

  • Fireplaces and stoves
  • Air conditioning
  • Acoustic insulating systems

Lighting

  • Exterior lighting
  • Interior lighting

New Technologies

  • New elements and materials
  • Motorized elements
  • Hi-tech

Miscellaneous

  • Storage
  • Bathroom decoration
  • Lobbies and waiting areas

Environmentalism and
Sustainability

  • Sculptural elements
  • Sustainability and recycling
  • Prefab

Water Features

  • Swimming pools
  • Other features

Landscape Design

  • Natural features
  • Gardens
  • Landscape architecture

Directory

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