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Architectural Terra Cotta
Design Concepts, Techniques and Applications

ISBN 9780367178307
Published May 31, 2022 by Routledge
300 Pages 195 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Architectural Terra Cotta examines the evolution of terra cotta and prepares architects and builders to make new, creative uses of the timeless material. Terra cotta is among the oldest of manufactured building products, yet it has once again become a material of choice in contemporary façade design. From the walls of Babylon to high performance rainscreens, terra cotta claddings have repeatedly proven to be technically superior and aesthetically triumphant. Understanding the evolution of terra cotta prepares architects to add new, creative chapters to a rich history.

This book describes the key attributes that recommend the use of terra cotta and explain its continuing success. The core of the book traces the many ways that terra cotta can be formed, finished and applied to buildings. These techniques demonstrate the full potential of the material, showing how its unique capabilities have been developed over time. A comprehensive inventory of recent examples, project case studies and architectural details, this book provide a basis for understanding the nature of the material and the opportunities it offers in new work.

With over 150 color images, this volume provides a concise resource for all those considering terra cotta as a façade system: architects, façade engineers, cladding subcontractors, materials suppliers, developers and prospective clients. With inspiring examples of expressive possibility, this invaluable book will find a home with students and professionals alike interested in making rich, colorful and durable buildings.

Table of Contents





Chapter 1: Origins

Chapter 2: Durability

Chapter 3: Form and Ornament

Methods of Forming

Post Processing

Developing Ornament

Chapter 4: Color, Texture and Finish

Color of the Clay Body

Texture of the Surface

Applied Finishes

Chapter 5: High Performance

Chapter 6: Components and Systems

Rainscreen Panels


Extruded Profiles

Construction Methods

Special Conditions

Additional Forming Techniques

Chapter 7: Intelligent Variation

Chapter 8: Design Imperatives

Chapter 9: Case Studies

9.1 The Fitzroy, New York, NY

9.2 Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany

Renzo Piano Building Workshop

9.3 Central Saint Giles, London, UK

Renzo Piano Building Workshop

9.4 125 Deansgate, Manchester, UK

Glenn Howells Architects

9.5 Tykeson Hall, Eugene, Oregon

Office 52 + Rowell Brokaw Architects

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Donald B. Corner is a practicing architect and member of the College of Distinguished Professors of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He has been recognized for research and innovative teaching in building construction and detailing.

John Rowell is a professor of architecture and founding principal of Rowell Brokaw Architects, an award winning firm in Eugene, Oregon, USA. His practice, research and teaching focus on sustainable, high performance building solutions at a variety of scales.

For twenty-five years, Professors Corner and Rowell have offered an integrated course in the technology and design of building enclosure at the University of Oregon.