French novelist Gustave Flaubert’s expression, “le bon Dieu est le détail” became a cliché for one reason, it is true. God does dwell in the details, and well done details are often the difference between a mundane building and a transcendent one. That is what makes it so easy to spend hours combing through books like Virginia McLeod’s Encyclopedia of Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture. This book is a great resource of contemporary details with over 700 construction details and 100 of the best contemporary residences by firms such as The Miller Hull Partnership, Safdie Rabines Architects, Steven Holl Architects, and many more.
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Foreword (extract) (by Virginia McLeod)
The Encyclopedia of Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture reveals a completely new approach to the representation of architectural construction details. The book presents 100 of the best recent architect-designed houses from around the world, which together represent the many diverse methods of contemporary design and construction. However, rather than presenting each house as a discrete project, here, over 700 construction details have been grounded together by type in order to illustrate, and give an overall view of, the ways in which the key elements of houses are constructed.
Directory of House
6 Concrete houses 12 Glass Houses 16 Masonry Houses 25 Steel Houses 30 Timber Houses
Directory of Construction Details
43 1 Wall Details 95 2 Floors Details 131 3 Window Details 187 4 Door Details 241 5 Roof Details 309 6 Stair Details 341 7 Landscape Details
348 Project Credits 352 Picture Credits and Acknowledgments
Author: Virginia McLeod Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Laurence King Publishers; (September 1, 2010) Language: English nISBN-10: 1856696928 ISBN-13: 978-1856696920