A survey through the history of Greek architecture - from Minoan Crete to the Hellenic era, and its 5th-century expansion into the Mediterranean world. Text, placed side-by-side with photographs and drawings, covers the functional and organic composition of the palaces.
This study presents a record of Hill House, one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's domestic masterpieces which underwent substantial renovation in 1992. The house combines Arts and Crafts honesty with Art Nouveau decoration and the ruggedness of a 17th-century Scottish laird's home. Built for the publisher Blackie, Mackintosh designed not only the house with its fixtures and fittings, but also the outbuildings, garden gates, walls, terraces and pergolas - all as part of a unified aesthetic conception.
Over 2,000 years of settlement give London its unique architectural heritage. Unlike Haussmann's Paris, neither monarch nor politician imposed their will; private ownership and enterprise shaped the city and defined its parts. Elegant West End squares and crescents hallmark the Classical townscape that emerged between 1600 and 1830, but medieval, Tudor and Victorian enclaves identified by occupation, class or guild make their own design statement, notably in the City and East End. From its renewal after the Great Fire of 1666 as a centre of commerce, culture, finance and as a railway hub, the seat of power and law, How to Read London reveals through the built environment how London's domestic, civic and commercial landscape has evolved and adapted from imperial capital to global city.
Two decades after the structure's appearance in the courtyard of the Louvre, this book tells the story of I. M. Pei's pyramid, from its conception and original designs to its construction and finished state.
Light and architecture lie at the base of the iGuzzini Illuminazione strategy. During the day, a "natural" organic form creates high-quality and highly-ergonomic workplaces. At night, the building is transformed by artifical light into a glowing landmark in the landscape, a gigantic lantern. The project is the result of profound technological research, that runs parallel to the building?s use: an R&D centre for the development of technical knowledge and expertise in lighting systems. This publication collects all aspects of this building: from the competition phase to the opening ceremony every step is described: structure, sustainabilty aspects, skin, lighting... Exceptional photographs by Jordi Bernado and Adria Goula round up this volume.
Manfredo Tafuri (1935-1994) is acknowledged as one of Italy's most influential architectural historians. In his final work, "Interpreting the Renaissance," published here in English for the first time (the Italian edition, "Ricerca del Rinascimento," appeared in 1992), Tafuri analyzes Renaissance architecture from a variety of perspectives, exploring questions that occupied him for over thirty years.
What theoretical terms were used to describe the humanist analogy between architecture and language? Is it possible to identify the political motivations behind the period's new urban strategies? And how does humanism embody both an attachment to tradition and an urge to experiment?
Tafuri studies the theory and practice of Renaissance architecture, offering new and compelling readings of its various social, intellectual and cultural contexts, while providing a broad understanding of uses of representation that shaped the entire era. He synthesizes the history of architectural ideas and projects through discussions of the great centers of architectural innovation in Italy (Florence, Rome, and Venice), key patrons from the middle of the fifteenth century (Pope Nicholas V) to the early sixteenth century (Pope Leo X), and crucial figures such as Leon Battista Alberti, Filippo Brunelleschi, Lorenzo de' Medici, Raphael, Baldassare Castiglione, and Giulio Romano.
A magnum opus by one of Europe's finest scholars, "Interpreting the Renaissance" is an essential book for anyone interested in the architecture and culture of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy.
Italian know-how is hard to copy. Starting from this somewhat functional premise, some sections of the Expo Shanghai exhibition 2010 were based on Italian architecture and cities: existing, preserved, recovered and restored buildings, industry and manufacturing as well as technologies for mobility, movement, residences, park environments, eco-sustainability, energy and well-being. This book illustrates the presence of Italian architecture with an original gallery of projects and buildings, selected by the Italian Association of Engineering, Architectural and Technical-Economic Consulting Organizations (OICE).
For more than 600 years the Livery Companies have played a leading role in commercial activities and social and political life in the City of London. These trade associations, each representing a particular craft or profession, were originally responsible for controlling, for example, wages and working conditions. As the Companies were established and incorporated by royal charter, largely in the 14th and 15th centuries, they began acquiring and adapting buildings from which to operate. The Companies' headquarters - the Livery Halls - gradually evolved from large medieval town houses to become an identifiable building type matched in scale and ambition only by the guild houses of northern European mercantile cities and the Venetian scuole. By the time of the Great Fire of London in 1666, there were at least 53 Livery Halls. Of the 40 Halls standing today, half remain on their medieval sites, but all have been rebuilt several times. To give only two examples: there have been six incarnations of Clothworkers' Hall on Mincing Lane and six Salters' Halls on three different City sites. This beautiful book is the first major exploration of these architecturally significant yet under-researched buildings.
Dr Anya Lucas, who has studied the Halls in depth, provides an introduction and an illustrated history of the buildings that have been lost over the centuries. The Great Fire, in particular, resulted in a period of energetic reconstruction. Companies rebuilt and beautified their Halls in recognition that the image they projected was as crucial as their wealth and regulatory powers. More building activity took place in the 18th and 19th centuries as Halls were required to accommodate new functions. Many of the Restoration Halls did not survive these years, and, where they did, alterations continued apace. Only 3 out of 36 Halls remained untouched after the Blitz of 1940-41, leading to another wave of reconstruction, the buildings being predominantly traditional or neo-Georgian in style.
Henry Russell surveys each of the 40 present-day Halls, no two of which share an identical plan. Sited across the City from east to west, they range from the London Proof House, the home of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers, on Commercial Road, outside the old City walls, to HSQ Wellington, headquarters of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, moored on the Thames at Victoria Embankment. All existing Livery Halls have been photographed especially for the project by the renowned interiors photographer Andreas von Einsiedel, making this a truly outstanding publication.
Join architectural illustrator Thibaud Herem as he leads us through the streets of London to discover some of the most striking, elaborate, and intriguing art deco buildings in the capital. From imposing, Orwellian giants to the hidden jewels of the thirties, Thibaud takes us on a tour of London's forgotten architectural masterpieces in an art edition of giant proportions.
This edition features detailed illustrations of Abbotshall, Southgate Station, Battersea Powerstation, the RIBA building, the Daily Telegraph building, the BBC Broadcasting House, the Carlton Cinema in Islington, The Screen on the Green, the Hoover Factory, Ideal House, and the Michelin Building.
Thibaud Herem is a French illustrator currently living and working in London, England. He is renowned for his intricately detailed, hand-drawn architectural illustrations for clients such as the Conran Shop, Esquire, and Diplo magazine.