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Translucent building skins : material innovations in modern and contemporary architecture

Author: Scott Murray
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2013.
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Exploring the design of innovative building enclosure systems (or skins) in contemporary architecture and their precedents in earlier twentieth century modern architecture, this book examines the tectonics, the history and the influence of translucency as a defining characteristic in architecture. Highly illustrated throughout with drawings and full colour photographs, the book shows that translucency has been and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Murray
ISBN: 9780415689304 0415689309 9780415689311 0415689317 0203101537 9780203101537
OCLC Number: 754736187
Description: 186 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Introduction : Transparency, translucency, opacity --
Solidified light : Maison de Verre, Paris, France, 1932 ; Higgins Hall insertion, New York City, 2005 --
Art house cinema : Museum of Modern Art, New York City, 1939 ; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria, 1997 --
Crystallization : Steiff Factory Building, Giengen an der Brenz, Germany, 1903 ; Laban Dance Center, Deptford, London, UK, 2003 --
Compound lens : Steuben Glass Building, New York CIty, 1937 ; Maison Hermès, Tokyo, Japan, 2001 --
Geology : Beinecke Rare Book Library, New Haven, Connecticut, 1963 ; LVMH Building, Osaka, Japan, 2004 --
Bioluminescence : Beth Sholom Synagogue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1959 ; Kursaal Congress Center, San Sebastián, Spain, 1999 --
Fade to black : Johnson Wax Research Tower, Racine, Wisconsin, 1950 ; Interactivecorp Headquarters, New York City, 2007 --
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Exploring the design of innovative building enclosure systems (or skins) in contemporary architecture and their precedents in earlier twentieth century modern architecture, this book examines the tectonics, the history and the influence of translucency as a defining characteristic in architecture. Highly illustrated throughout with drawings and full colour photographs, the book shows that translucency has been and continues to be a fertile ground for architectural experimentation. Each chapter presents a comparative analysis of two primary buildings: a recent project, paired with a historical precedent, highlighting how architects in different eras have realized the distinctive effects of translucency. The included buildings span a variety of program types, ranging from a single-family residence, to a factory, to a synagogue. Whether it is Pierre Chareau's glass-lens curtain wall at the Maison de Verre, Frank Lloyd Wright's wall of stacked glass tubes at the Johnson Wax Research Tower, or Peter Zumthor's use of acid-etched glass in a double-skin envelope at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, the included projects each offer an exemplary case study of innovations in materiality and fabrication techniques. Today, among many contemporary architects, there is an engagement with new technologies, new material assemblies, and new priorities such as sustainability and energy-efficiency. A resurgent interest in translucency as a defining quality in buildings has been an important part of this recent dialogue and this book makes essential reading for any architect looking to incorporate aspects of translucency into their buildings.

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'...an eye-opening, thought-expanding, beautiful work' Harvard Magazine, May-June 2013

 
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