The Facades Handbook is a textbook for practitioners of architecture, as well as structural and environmental engineers who wish to broaden their study beyond the information provided in the “Walls” chapter of the Modern Construction Handbook. The six chapters examine facades from the standpoint of the primary material used in their construction, from metal to glass, concrete, masonry, plastics and timber. Each set of three double page spreads explains a specific form of construction which is accompanied by drawn and annotated details. Throughout the book, built examples by high profile designers are used to illustrate specific principles. As is the case in the Modern Construction Handbook, the techniques described can be applied internationally.
ANDREW WATTS. Born in 1957. Over 15 years experience working as an architect specialising in facade detailing in Paris, London and Melbourne on projects with a wide range of construction technologies. Masters Degree at the University of Cambridge. Thesis: Contemporary cladding systems. Assistant on cladding for the Institut du Monde Arabe for the architect Jean Nouvel. Member of design team that detailed the cladding elements for Millennium Bridge, London for Norman Foster. Currently facade specialist at Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, London and New York.
Andrew Watts was a project architect for Jean Nouvel in Paris, working on some of his most notable buildings. More recently as a facade specialist, he has worked on some well-known projects around the world including Federation Square, Melbourne and the Millennium Bridge, London. He is currently a facade specialist at Kohn Pedersen Fox in London.
Modern Construction Series;
Aims of this book.-
An Overview of facade detailing: Metals; Glass; Concrete; Masonry; Plastics; Timber.-
Working with manufacturers.-
Performance testing of facade systems: The test rig; Air infiltration/exfiltration; Static air pressure water penetration; Dynamic air pressure water penetration; Impact resistance; Wind resistance test; Seismic building test; Inter-storey movement; Wind resistance test;