jueves, 15 de mayo de 2014

#books #architecture | Apartment buildings

Apartment buildings / Chris van Uffelen
Braun, Salenstein: 2013
455 p. : principalment il. col.
ISBN 9783037681367
Inmuebles para vivienda.
Arquitectura doméstica.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-728.2 APA

As residing in cities is becoming increasingly popular among all social strata, multi-party residential buildings are gaining in prominence. White this building type focuses first of all on the design and conception of residential space, its height and façade design significantly influence the cityscape. Creating layered living spaces is therefore one of the most important and diverse tasks of contemporary architecture. This volume presents a spectrum of apartment buildings with innovative interpretations of traditional layout types, and loft-style room divisions, up to individual solutions that vary from one floor to the next. The range of presented projects extends from small dwellings with three residential units up to apartment complexes with several hundred parties, from inventive low-cost one-room apartments to giant luxurious residences with more than ten rooms. In this way the selection shows the multifaceted possibilities of how contemporary apartment buildings can accommodate very different lifestyles on all levels.

The apartment house is the most typical form of urban living space. Creating layered living spaces is therefore one of the most important and multifaceted tasks for contemporary architects worldwide. This concerns not only the provision of housing facilities for the urban and suburban population but equally important also the shaping of streets and cityscapes. The selection includes buildings characterized by contemporary adaptions of traditional floor plans as well as individual floor plans on every floor, space-efficient and functional single-bedroom units as well luxurious accommodations with six and more rooms plus several bathrooms. Furthermore, exterior building design is also covered: from different types of repetitive façades, to building-shells that reflect the specific urban context and exteriors with a design that work as an eye-catcher in the urban fabric.

Chris van Uffelen, M. A., born in 1966, is an independent art historian and author focusing on medieval architecture, classical modernity and contemporary construction. He wrote several newspaper articles and books on these topics as well as a great number of articles on art and architecture history in general for encyclopedias.

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