Contemporary Curtain Wall Architect

Contemporary Curtain Wall Architect

by Scott Murray
     
 

Recent years have seen a rapidly growing interest among contemporary architects in the use of curtain walls to createinnovative, attention-grabbing building facades. With new concerns about the environment and affordable envelopes, the curtain wall represents a microcosm of issues important to architecture: climate responsiveness and energy use, intelligent… See more details below

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Recent years have seen a rapidly growing interest among contemporary architects in the use of curtain walls to createinnovative, attention-grabbing building facades. With new concerns about the environment and affordable envelopes, the curtain wall represents a microcosm of issues important to architecture: climate responsiveness and energy use, intelligent utilization of resources, and advancements in digital design and fabrication. In Contemporary Curtain Wall Architecture, architect and building technology expert Scott Murray presents an exhaustive taxonomy of the materials and techniques necessary for the design, fabrication, and installation of today's curtain wall systems. Murray presents a history of curtain wall design from the early skeleton-frame structures of the late-nineteenth century to the complex configurations of mullions, infill panels, and adhesives of today.

Contemporary Curtain Wall Architecture features detailed analyses of contemporary projects by leading architects and engineers, including the Blue Tower by Bernard Tschumi Architects; the Yale Sculpture Building by KieranTimberlake Associates; 100 Eleventh Avenue by Ateliers Jean Nouvel; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art by Steven Holl Architects; the Atlas Building by Rafael Violy; the New York Times Building by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and FXFOWLE Architects; One Omotesando by Kengo Kuma and Associates; and the Seattle Public Library by Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and LMN Architects. Each cutting-edge project is documented through detailed drawings, color photography, and insightful descriptions of the aesthetic and technical considerations that make these projects best-case examples of curtain wall technology.

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Library Journal
Whether architecture critics or practitioners themselves acknowledge the persistence of modernism, that hallmark of the movement, the curtain wall, with its diaphanous lightness and advanced technology, persists, and this book provides ample evidence of that. Three sections trace the history and current state of curtain wall design worldwide: history, technique, and case studies. Further divided into four chapters, the history begins with a rather standard view of technological developments in late 19th-century Chicago (expressing particular fondness for the 1895 Reliance Building), with the regrettable omission of Gerald Larsen's original and important observations on the 1886 Home Insurance Company Building. Performance and technique are presented clearly with concise language and fine illustrations. The case studies are the real highlight, however, effectively selected to illustrate the remarkable breadth of results possible within one technological constraint. Each case study is described with precision, stunningly photographed, and well documented with floor plans and wall sections. VERDICT This book will serve as an essential supplement to Konrad Gatz's seminal Curtain Wall Construction (Praeger, 1965) and Herman Sands's Wall Systems: Analysis by Detail (McGraw-Hill, 1986). It would serve as an essential text in any course on 21st-century architectural developments and will be welcome and heavily consulted by all architecture school students.—Paul Glassman, Felician Coll., Lodi, NJ\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568987972
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
10/07/2009
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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