Books on Public Buildings
Woolworth's bright red signboard was a beacon on British and Irish high streets for nearly a century. American in origin, Woolworth's grew rapidly after the first branch opened in Liverpool in 1909. The business model - with inexpensive goods piled on counter tops - scored an immediate hit with British consumers. By 1930 there were 400 stores, and by 1960 over 1000. With its own architects' department and regional construction teams, Woolworth's erected hundreds of prominent stores in shopping centres throughout England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. It is these buildings - often typical of the commercial architecture of their day - which provide the focus of this book. This is not, however, a conventional architectural history - it is the story of Woolworth's seen through the prism of its stores. The Woolworth's chain was of huge cultural importance, shaping and reflecting fundamental changes - mostly American in origin - that took place in the nation's shopping habits. Despite its dominant position on the high street, by the 1960s Woolworth's was beginning to lose its way. As people acquired cars and freezers and began to desert the high street, Woolworth's tried to stay ahead of the game with unsuccessful ventures into out-of-town and catalogue shopping. But by the time of its demise in 2009, a shrunken Woolworth's owned just two of the stores which it had built and developed over the preceding century. The closure of the last British stores in January 2009 provoked an outpouring of nostalgia and grief. Woolworth's occupied the heart of many communities, physically and commercially, and its heritage deserves celebration.
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The extraordinary Watts Towers were created over the course of three decades by a determined, single-minded artist, Sabato Rodia, a highly remarkable Italian immigrant laborer who wanted to do "something big." Now a National Historic Landmark and internationally renowned destination, the Watts Towers in Los Angeles are both a personal artistic expression and a collective symbol of Nuestro Pueblo-Our Town/Our People. Featuring fresh and innovative examinations that mine deeper and broader than ever before, Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts is a muchanticipated revisitation of the man and his towers. In 1919, Sabato Rodia purchased a triangular plot of land in a multiethnic, working-class, semi-rural district. He set to work on an unusual building project in his own yard. By night, Rodia dreamed and excogitated, and by day he built. He experimented with form, color, texture, cement mixtures, and construction techniques. He built, tore down, and re-built. As an artist completely possessed by his work, he was often derided as an incomprehensible crazy man. Providing a multifaceted, holistic understanding of Rodia, the towers, and the cultural/social/physical environment within which the towers and their maker can be understood, Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts compiles essays from twenty authors, offering perspectives from the arts, the communities involved in the preservation and interpretation of the towers, and the academy. Most of the contributions originated at two interdisciplinary conferences held in Los Angeles and in Italy: "Art & Migration: Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts, Los Angeles" and "The Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative: Art, Migrations, Development." The Watts Towers are wondrous objects of art and architecture as well as the expression and embodiment of the resolve of a singular artistic genius to do something great. But they also recount the heroic civic efforts (art and social action) to save them, both of which continue to this day to evoke awe and inspiration. Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts presents a well-rounded tribute to one man's tenacious labor of love. A portion of royalties from this book will go to support the work of the Watts Towers Arts Center. Click here for Appendices B-D of Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development
This volume is a fully expanded and revised architectural guide to the greater part of Oxfordshire, based on Jennifer Sherwood's 1970s account, full of new information and with specially commissioned photography.The vernacular architecture of the villages and farms is well represented here, as well as notable town architecture and the medieval parish churches for which the area is well known. Oxfordshire is also a county of great houses, from the romantic medieval ruins of Minster Lovell to the late flowering of Lutyens's 1930s Middleton Park; the grandest, however, is Blenheim Palace, the Baroque masterpiece designed by John Vanbrugh (1664-1726).
Paddington Station in London is one of Britain's most splendid and historically significant railway termini, as the home and headquarters of the Great Western Railway, and as one of the masterpieces of its chief engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-59). Steven Brindle's comprehensive history, the first full-length study of the station to be published, first appeared in 2004. Around the same time, in the course of research for the book, the author discovered Brunel's earliest surviving cast-iron bridge, which spanned the Regent's Canal just outside the station but had hitherto been unrecognised, just in time to prevent its destruction for a major new road bridge and negotiate its salvage by dismantling. The second edition of the book, richly illustrated from a wealth of historic sources and now published in a larger format, has been updated to take account of a series of momentous recent developments at Paddington: the reprieve and restoration of the station's Edwardian 'fourth span'; the project to create a new entrance on its north side; and the impending redevelopment of its south side to serve as one of the principal stations on the new Crossrail route across London. The book concludes with a detailed account of the project to rebuild the Bishop's Road Bridge project and the author's discovery and salvage of Brunel's iron canal bridge: a rare instance when writing the history of a historic place directly influenced its future, and led to the saving of a unique part of the past.
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From its days as the largest city in England after London and, until the Industrial Revolution, capital of the most populous county in the country, to its current status as a major regional centre and one of the most prosperous and attractive cities in England, Norwich has a proud and distinctive identity. This extraordinary history is embodied in the buildings that have shaped the city. Norwich in 50 Buildings explores the history of this rich and vibrant community through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures. From the Norman cathedral to the 21st-century Forum, this unique study celebrates the city's architectural heritage in a new and accessible way. Author and Historian Michael Chandler guides the reader on a tour of the city's historic buildings and modern architectural marvels.
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Like its near neighbour (and long-time rival) Southampton, the twentieth century has not been kind to Portsmouth. Much of the historic High Street, once said to be one of most attractive in the country, was destroyed during the Second World War and sadly few buildings survived. As elsewhere, the post-war architecture was abysmal and bland. Well into the mid-nineteenth century Portsmouth town was restrained within military fortifications, bastions, gates and arrowhead moats. By the early 1900s, however, Portsmouth had begun to extend from its original urban settlement guarding the Camber: the naval docks and Harbour mouth, north out across Portsea Island, with row upon row of terraced streets swallowing up the farmland and small villages of North End, Kingston, Copnor, Milton, Fratton, Eastney and Hilsea. German bombs and post-war town planning has since transformed much of the heart of nineteenth century Portsmouth Old Town and Landport. As always, many interesting and historic buildings have been lost. Southsea still has an interesting mixture of both late-Regency and Edwardian seaside resort: with elegant backstreets of large nineteenth century middle-class houses, its own secluded shopping area, but leading into the more working-class districts around Albert Road and Fratton. While there is little that dates before the fifteenth century, there are many good examples of the sheer variety of English architectural styles, changing commercial fortunes and social history to be seen since then. And, in buildings like the Spinnaker Tower and Admiralty Tower, attractive and elegant examples of innovative design for the twenty-first century also.
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Wine tourism is experiencing exponential growth and the pressure is now on wine producers to commission the best architects to create appealing spaces that will celebrate and promote the culture of wine. Today's winery is designed as much for the winery tour as for wine production itself. Illustrated with striking examples of 40 of the world's most beautiful wineries, Wine by Design introduces the most exciting new designs and covers the newest trends from celebrity wineries to the new links with spa therapies and hospitality, to new green, sustainable initiatives.
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Louis Kahn' National Assembly building in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is regarded by many as his greatest masterpiece and one of the wonders of modern architecture.The octagonal main Parliament building is framed by eight hostel blocks--all built in local red brick, lawns and an artificial lake symbolizing the significance of water in Bangladesh.The striking simplicity of the exterior, consisting of only concrete and bands of inlaid marble, is broken up by a variety of recessed geometric shapes which create hollow spaces to allow for sunlight and air to circulate the entire building complex. Grischa Ruschendorf's stunning architectural photos, some depicting so far unseen areas, invite you to explore the rarely visited building, and how this timeless masterpiece has stood the test of time."
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This book sets out a template for the future of the workplace by adopting a series of novel perspectives on how office design can learn from other environments in the world around us. Based on a five-year research project between the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art and Haworth, it takes lessons from the knowledge interactions of the academic library, the emotional landscapes of stage design, flexible temporary events in the city and intensive team environments in air traffic control and emergency medical departments. The book views working life as a combination of process and experience - what we do, and how we feel. By exploring analogous environments, it builds up a whole new picture of the workplace encompassing not only physical settings but also people's psychological experiences within those spaces. Life of Work offers a framework to escape from the tradition of mechanistic workplaces that are programmed for maximum efficiency without taking into account the human need for comfort and connection. Written by RCA researchers Jeremy Myerson and Imogen Privett and drawing its evidence from a range of global sources, Life of Work: What Office Design Can Learn From the World Around Us sets out an agenda for change that has significant implications for every level of workplace design and implementation. It will be of value to anyone who has an interest in architecture or interior design, the politics and management of the working environment, space design and urban planning as well as furniture design and production.
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Designed by the internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano and developed by Irvine Sellar, The Shard is one of the worlds most striking new skyscrapers and is now, at 310m, the tallest building in Western Europe. Almost twice the height of any other viewing gallery in London, the View on floors 68, 69 and 72 offers visitors a 360-degree, 40-mile view over one of the worlds most historic and exciting cities. Organized spread by spread, easy to navigate and as elegantly designed as the building itself, the official guidebook sets The Shard in the context of Southwark, before outlining the design principles and construction story of the building. Also included are Q&As with both the architect and the developer and fascinating facts and stats relating to this extraordinary building. Central to the books purpose as the official guidebook is a series of twelve double-page panoramic photographs of the view from The Shard, all of them new to this edition. An informative souvenir for visitors to The Shard, the book will also be available in the trade, making it available to all Londoners and visitors to the capital.
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Straddling the Derwent River, the cathedral city of Derby, its foundations in the Roman occupation of Britain, can directly attribute its contemporary status to the Industrial Revolution. Spinning mills proliferated from the 18th Century, initially relying on waterpower to produce 100 percent British cotton cloth. Victorian ingenuity and innovation became synonymous with the rapid industrial and commercial expansion that ensued; Arkwright and Pickford became household names. Derby quickly evolved into a transport and ancillary manufacturing hub in the Midlands, becoming a centre for the British rail industry and the assembly of the iconic Rolls Royce luxury motor car. The subsequent development of the Rolls Royce Merlin aircraft engine, which powered the legendary Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, launched the company's proud status to what it is today: the world's second largest manufacturer of jet engines and, together with the Toyota car assembly plant, the biggest employer in Derby. This book reveals the rich and diverse history that is reflected in Derby's architecture as, through successive decades of growth, its character, built of brick and stone, underwent varying nuances of transformation. Sprinkled within this panorama, however, are the symbols of a modern city: ultra-modern structures, thought by some to be the antithesis of Derby's true architectural heritage.
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Three quarters of a million people are in a plane somewhere right now. Many millions travel by air each day. For most of us, the experience of being in an airport is to be endured rather than appreciated, with little thought for the quality of the architecture. No matter how hard even the world' s best architects have tried, it is difficult to make a beautiful airport. And yet such places do exist. Cathedrals of the jet age that offer something of the transcendence of flight even in an era of mass travel and budget fares. Here are twenty-one of the most beautiful airports in the world.
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Singapore's arts and culture scene has grown tremendously in the last couple of decades. Its latest impressive addition, National Gallery Singapore, will help position Singapore as an international hub for Southeast Asian visual arts, and contribute to Singapore's ambition of becoming a global city for the arts. In 2015, the Gallery is set to open its doors in an incredible space blending a rich past with exciting modernity. Right in the heart of the Civic District, the Gallery occupies the neo-classical City Hall and former Supreme Court, two buildings that have been focal points for many important events in the history of Singapore. Architects for the new Gallery were challenged to create a distinct identity for the art space while simultaneously celebrating the architectural, cultural and historical significance of the sites. The winning design, by French architects Studio Milou Singapore, will establish the Gallery's standing amongst the leading museums and galleries in Asia. With a distinctive metal-and-glass canopy roof linking the two monuments, the Gallery's setting will also make it the largest visual arts institution in Singapore.
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As much of a barometer of design as its successful predecessors, Night Fever 5 is a global overview of the prevailing trends in hospitality design. The luxurious volume consists of three chapters; the first covers bars and clubs, the second features restaurants, and the third is devoted to hotel interiors. This book offers readers 130 fresh and exciting projects featured on a total of 600 pages. Interiors are featured on 2 to 8 pages that are filled with photos, drawings, sketches, floor plans and of course a description of the design. For each project the text explains how the designers fulfilled their client's wishes, how they incorporated the client's identity, how the concept developed, what materials were used and how the design was executed. Projects are selected based on their original concept, creativity, innovative approach or the project's unmistakable wow-factor. An extensive index at the back of the book describes each featured design studio including their contact details and the addresses of each venue they have designed.
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Some of the most stunning architectural structures in India are to be found below ground: these are its stepwells, ancient water stores. Stepwells are unique to India and from around the 3rd century CE were built throughout the country, particularly in the arid western regions. Excavated several stories underground in order to reach the water table, these cavernous spaces not only provided water all year long but also fulfilled other functions; they offered pilgrims and other travelers a respite from the heat, and became places in which villagers could socialize. Stepwell construction evolved so that, by the 11th century, the wells were amazingly complex feats of architecture and engineering.The journalist Victoria Lautman first encountered stepwells three decades ago and now, a seasoned traveller to India, she has devoted several years to documenting these fascinating but largely unknown edifices before they disappear. Of the thousands of stepwells that proliferated across India, most were abandoned as a result of modernization and the depletion of water tables. Often commissioned by royal or wealthy patrons, the wells vary greatly in scale, layout, materials and shape. Those in what is now Gujarat state also served as subterranean Hindu temples that featured columned pavilions and elaborate stone carvings of deities. Islamic wells were generally less flamboyant, but incorporated arched side niches. Today, few stepwells are in use. The majority have been left to silt up, fill with rubbish and crumble into disrepair. Gradually, however, the Indian government and heritage organizations have come to recognize the need to preserve these architectural wonders. In 2014 India's best-known stepwell, the Rani ki Vav in Patan, northern Gujarat, became a UNESCO World Heritage site.In her introduction, Lautman discusses why and where the stepwells were built. She reflects on the reasons they became derelict and considers how the appreciation of stepwells is changing with the work of organizations and individuals who aim to protect and restore them. The main part of the book is arranged in a broadly chronological order, with up to six pages devoted to each of c. 80 stepwells, every one unique in design and engineering. The name, location (including GPS coordinates) and approximate date of each well accompany color photographs and a concise commentary by Lautman on the history and architecture of the well and her experience of visiting it. While many of the stepwells are rather decrepit, their magnificent engineering and great beauty cannot fail to impress.
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Provides a comprehensive evaluation of the statistics, patterns, and innovations impacting the senior living industry and architecture/design communities. This much-anticipated new title forms part of the American Institute of Architect's esteemed Design for Aging Review program, a joint effort of the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community and LeadingAge, which also includes a juried exhibition and education programs. This book celebrates the 25th anniversary of this internationally renowned program and features a selected diverse range of projects. This volume showcases around 30 outstanding projects in the areas of architectural innovation and represents the best designs for senior citizens, including nursing homes, dementia care, assisted living, and continuing care retirement communities. Each project is presented with rich, full-colour photography, detailed plans, and statistics, illuminating the high level of research, planning and community involvement that goes into these advancements in living environments for seniors. This comprehensive review of architectural design trends in aged-care facilities will appeal to aged-care providers, developers, users, and advocates; architects; and interior, landscape, and other design professionals. SELLING POINTS: - Provides a comprehensive evaluation of the statistics, patterns, and innovations impacting the senior living industry and architecture/design communities - Reflects the latest findings on how changing demands and emerging concepts are reshaping the senior living industry today 400 col.
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Halley VI Research Station is the first fully re-locatable research station in the world. It was commissioned in 2006 and its unique and innovative structure was the result of an international design competition in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The research facility is segmented into eight modules, each sitting atop ski-fitted, hydraulic legs that can be individually raised to overcome snow accumulation, allowing the module to be towed independently to a new location. Halley VI is designed by London-based Hugh Broughton Architects and AECOM, a global engineering design firm. The new book tells the story of this exciting piece of architecture in an essay by Ruth Slavid. Around 100 photographs, mostly in colour, plans and diagrams document the various modules of the re-locatable station and its present site. Captions offering comprehensive technical information about the structure complement the images. Photographs are contributed by British photographer James Morris, who has gained much international recognition for his work in architectural and landscape photography.
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St Pancras station has long been an iconic landmark on the London landscape and one of its most distinctive monuments. This new edition is published to coincide with the reopening of Scott's wondrous Gothic hotel and includes a new final chapter and illustrations. Simon Bradley traces the history of the station, introducing us to the men behind the architecture and looks at its new international status. This fine new edition includes a fascinating chapter on the new hotel and some timely revisions bringing it fully up to date.
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Designed by the internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano and developed by Irvine Sellar, The Shard is one of the worlds most striking new skyscrapers and is now, at 310m, the tallest building in Western Europe. From 1 February 2013, people will be able to visit "The View" on floors 68, 69 and 72 almost twice the height of any other viewing gallery in London from where they will experience a 360-degree, 40-mile view over one of the worlds most historic and exciting cities. Organized spread by spread, easy to navigate and as elegantly designed as the building itself, the official guidebook sets The Shard in the context of Southwark, one of the capitals most historic boroughs, before outlining the design principles and construction story of the building. Also included are Q&As with both the architect and the developer and fascinating facts and stats relating to this extraordinary building. Central to the books purpose as the official guidebook are a series of twelve high-resolution double-page panoramic photographs of the views from The Shard (three per compass point: looking left, looking right and looking down), each annotated to identify Londons key buildings, monuments and landmarks. An informative souvenir for visitors to The Shard, the book will also be available in the trade, making it available to all Londoners and visitors to the capital.
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The definitive history of Britain's busiest rail terminal, written by a long term commuter to the station and bulging with illustrations. Waterloo Station has a massive 91 million passenger movement every year. It has more platforms and a greater square footage of floor space than any other station in Britain and is second in terms of train movements. The main facade erected in 1920 is now a listed heritage building. In terms of size, importance and bustle there is quite simply nothing like Waterloo. In this book retired commuter John Fareham looks at the history, trains and diverse range of characters that have made Waterloo what it is today. Built in 1848 as a small station for the London Southampton Railway Company, Waterloo grew with that company over the years until by 1913 it had become a vast, sprawling and confusing mass of rails and platforms. A planned rebuilding was delayed the Great War, but began in 1919 and was completed in 1920 creating the core station we see today. More developments in the 1990s and in 2012 saw the station enlarged and renovated. In this amusing, enthralling and engaging book, we meet the characters who have worked at Waterloo or who have used it. We see the key events in the history of the station. We look behind the scenes at the hidden warren of rooms and tunnels never seen by passengers. A fascinating and engaging book guaranteed to be of interest to all users of this mighty station.
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This spectacular book is the first single volume to tell the story of the library as a distinct building type, all around the world. Throughout the ages, book collections have served to symbolize their owners culture and learning, and the wealthy and powerful have spent lavishly on buildings to house them. In its highest form the library became a total work of art, combining painting, sculpture, furniture and architecture into seamless, dramatic spaces. The finest libraries are repositories not just of books, but of learning, creativity and contemplation; they embody some of the highest achievements of humankind. This book recounts that history in text and images of truly outstanding quality.
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In 2015, the storied fashion house Fendi moved its headquarters into the Palazzo della Civilta Italiana in Rome, a stark white cube perforated by symmetrical arches. Originally commissioned as part of an exhibition on Roman civilization for the 1942 world s fair, the architects took their cues from ancient history to create a building that was quintessentially Roman yet decidedly modern, earning its nickname the Square Colosseum. Because of its striking appearance and iconic status, the palazzo subsequently made appearances in a number of films by directors such as Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini, and Peter Greenaway. The building remained relatively abandoned throughout much of its existence, until its recent inhabitance by the always forward-thinking house of Fendi, an experience which Karl Lagerfeld has likened to being on a spaceship transported into the future.
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Hotel interiors need to satisfy the imaginations of their customers and whet the appetite for a return visit or recommendation, and the design that gets the formula right will do as much to prolong the life of the business as the service delivered within the hotel. This book explores in detail 48 of the best recent hotel interior design schemes, featuring projects by leading architects from around the world. The book is divided into three sections embracing newly built and refurbished hotels as well as conversions. Each project includes photographs as well as detailed drawings and plans, where appropriate, as well as informative text describing the design concept and process. A bonus CD contains drawings featured in the book, in both eps and dwg (generic CAD) formats.
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The past decade of both economic crises in Europe and North America as well as an extraordinary museum boom in many Asian countries has led to new questions and concepts for future museum buildings. New Museums: Intentions, Expectations, Challenges investigates this paradigm change by presenting 20 recent and future museum projects on all continents. Among the projects discussed are the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. by Adjaye Associates, the Guggenh eim Helsinki by Moreau Kusonoki Architects, China's Comic and Animation Museum in Hangzhou by MVRDV, the Munchmuseet in Oslo by estudio Herreros, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town by Heatherwick Studio, the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai by Atelier Deshaus and the extension of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney by SANAA. Critical texts by leading museum and architecture writers Suzanne MacLeod, Chris Dercon, Karen van den Berg, Wolfgang Ullrich, Kali Tzortzi and Anke Groner shed light on the relation of new museum trends and state of the art architecture.
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