European Architecture
The Swiss Chalet Book: An Elegant Guide to Architecture and Design
The Swiss Chalet Book
An Elegant Guide to Architecture and Design
Paperback      ISBN: 1620871009

Here William S. B. Dana, B.S., presents an in-depth and precise depiction of the breathtaking architectural masterpieces known as the Swiss Chalets. The culmination of elaborate conversations with the designers, the builders, and the experts on these spectacular buildings, here is a piece of design history that is not to be missed.

A style of German origin, Swiss Chalets were best known for their large windows, ornate carvings, and balconies. Often they were brightly painted, and had gabled roofs with great overhanging eaves. These stunning aristocratic homes decorated the Swiss countryside in the nineteenth century, and later could be seen throughout the rest of the world. New Chalets, as they were called, rose up in Norway and Sweden, and finally even crossed the Atlantic, appearing in places as unexpected as Ohio and New Jersey.

Through delicate language and lines, Dana expresses both the science and the art behind the simple structural elements and the most complex details of the chalets. This book, a 1913 original, displays diagrams, architectural plans, and photographs to best convey the different fundamentals and models of Swiss Chalets. The author's research of this beautiful art form cultivates knowledge and appreciation of this great architectural style.

Timber Building
Timber Building
Paperback      ISBN: 030436665x

'Timber Building in Britain' is divided into four sections, the first of which deals with cruck construction, box-frame and post-&-truss assembling and the problems of roof construction and concludes with flooring, partitions and the decorative work applied to timber. Part Two comprises a remarkable illustrated glossary covering terms used in all types of timber construction work, with the descriptions backed up with drawings and photographs. Part Three, the chronological survey of timber buildings from Saxon times to the nineteenth century, contains notes on the forty-seven photographs of building types represented. Finally, Part Four deals with regional variations in timber building and is supplemented by six distribution maps. Notes and References and a substantial Bibliography complete the book. Dr. R. W. Brunskill, OBE, formerly a Professor in the Centre for Conservation Studies, De Montfort University, Leicester, and Reader in Architecture in the University of Manchester, is the author of a number of distinguished architectural studies, published by Yale University Press.

Urban Design in Western Europe: Regime and Architecture, 900-1900
Urban Design in Western Europe
Regime and Architecture, 900-1900
Paperback      ISBN: 0226071790

What makes a city endure and prosper? In this masterful survey of a thousand years of urban architecture, Wolfgang Braunfels identified certain themes common to cities as different as Siena and London, Munich and Venice. Most important is an architecture that expresses the city's personality and most particularly its political personality. Braunfels describes and classifies scores of cities cathedral cities, city-state, maritime cities, imperial cities and examines the links between their political and architectural histories. Lavishly illustrated with city plans, bird's-eye views, early renderings, and modern photographs, this book will delight and instruct architects, urban planners, historians, and travelers."

Hardcover      ISBN: 8869651061

It is not easy to understand and accept the wholeness of the linking concept subtended by the word "Europe."

This volume is a very poetic dream: thanks to photography, it creates a composite scenery narrating a single identity, a possible Europe-city, having--despite its being subdivided in separate countries--an enclosing, recognizable, and shareable scale.

Marco Zanta invents this new European city that one day we will learn to experience as a common country.

Verbundnetz Gas AG, Leipzig: Headquarters Building becker gewers kuhn & kuhn architects
Verbundnetz Gas AG, Leipzig
Headquarters Building becker gewers kuhn & kuhn architects
Paperback      ISBN: 3791321307

The award-winning building combines energy saving technology and state-of-the-art features.

Vitruvius Britannicus: Second Series
Vitruvius Britannicus
Second Series
Paperback      ISBN: 0486468909

The Baroque excesses of the early eighteenth century inspired a rebellion among a consortium of British architects and their patrons. Taking their cue from the Renaissance works of Andrea Palladio, these Neo-Palladians returned the direction of British architecture toward classical principles. The Vitruvius Britannicus (British Vitruvius) reflects their vision, offering magnificent copperplate engravings of great English country houses and public buildings.
The sequel to Dover's first edition of Vitruvius Britannicus, this volume comprises three folios, originally published between 1739 and 1771. More than one hundred plates depict facades, ground plans, exterior elevations, and perspective views of grand buildings, including royal palaces at Richmond, Kensington, and Hampton Court as well as country homes and gardens throughout England and Scotland. The Neo-Palladian works featured in this volume and its predecessor continue to influence architects and designers. Handsome and modestly priced, this new edition of an architectural classic is an essential complement to any design library.

Vitruvius Scoticus: Plans, Elevations, and Sections of Public Buildings, Noblemen's and Gentlemen's Houses in Scotland
Vitruvius Scoticus
Plans, Elevations, and Sections of Public Buildings, Noblemen's and Gentlemen's Houses in Scotland
Paperback      ISBN: 0486473074

This classic portfolio uses elevations, floor plans, and other line drawings by Scotland's first great classical architect to document the high Scottish style of the eighteenth century. It was assembled by William Adam (1689-1748), whose sons were the developers of the "Adam style," and published posthumously in 1812. The elder Adam designed, extended, and remodeled numerous country homes and undertook many public contracts. Vitruvius Scoticus's 160 plates include 100 of his own designs.
Unlike the Vitruvius Britannicus books, this volume features plans for many smaller buildings that served as models for American builders and architects of the nineteenth century. Its engravings include images of such stately homes as Mavisbank House, Haddo House, and Fasque House; Hamilton Palace, one of the nation's grandest homes, and Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the monarch in Scotland; and a series of bridges at Inveraray in the county of Argyll. Never before available in an affordable edition, this volume is an essential reference for architectural historians and students. It includes an Introduction and Notes to the Plates by James Simpson.

Wroclaw: Architectural Guide
Architectural Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 3869224266

Wroclaw is one of the oldest cities in Poland with a long and turbulent history that is manifest on every corner. Throughout the ages, the city has been passed from hand to hand in many different circumstances. The city has belonged to the Poles, the Czechs, the Hungarians and the Germans. Although almost seventy percent of its urban fabric was destroyed in the Second World War, Wroclaw managed to rise from the ruins and now boasts many an architectural monument. The city currently features nearly eight thousand tenements - one of the largest complexes of this type found in Poland and, furthermore, in Europe. The oldest tenements originated in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and are surrounded by Baroque, Classicist, Art Nouveau and modernist architecture. This publication comprises a compelling selection of more than 150 buildings, from avant-garde residential blocks dating from the sixties and seventies via the Centennial Hall - recognised by the American Getty Foundation as one of the ten most important examples of twentieth century modernism - to modern buildings and the Ozeaneum in the Zoo.