Cantilever Architecture  book cover
1st Edition

Cantilever Architecture

ISBN 9781138674219
Published November 5, 2018 by Routledge
276 Pages

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Book Description

Cantilever Architecture shows you how to integrate cantilever designs into your building from conception, to help you create support-free structures without the need for columns or walls, whether for balconies, stairs, to occupy the air rights of the lot next door, or to build super tall buildings. The book includes 78 built case studies in 22 countries on 5 continents to illustrate various systems and their load carrying mechanisms at different scales. Includes an appendix on cantilevered furniture and more than 240 black and white images.

Table of Contents

Part I: Horizontal Cantilevers 1. Cantilevered Furniture 1.1 Cantilever Chairs 1.2 Cantilever Tables 2. Cantilevered Building Components 2.1 Cantilevered Stairs 2.2 Cantilevered Balconies 2.3 Cantilevered Canopies 3. Cantilevered Buildings 3.1 Cantilevered Proportioning 3.2 Jettying 3.3 Large One-Sided Cantilevers 3.4 Large Two-Sided Cantilevers 3.5 Merged Cantilevers 3.6 Stacked Multiple Cantilevers Part II: Vertical Cantilevers 4. Structural Systems for Tall Buildings 4.1 Interior Structures 4.2 Exterior Structures 4.3 Interior-Exterior-Integrated Structures 5. Damping Systems for Tall Buildings 5.1 Passive Damping Systems 5.2 Active Damping Systems 6. Integrative Design of Complex-Shaped Tall Buildings 6.1 Aerodynamic Forms 6.2 Twisted Tall Buildings 6.3 Tilted Tall Buildings 6.4 Tapered Tall Buildings 6.5 Freeform Tall Buildings 6.5 Conjoined Tall Buildings.  Index

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Kyoung Sun Moon, PhD, AIA, is Associate Professor at Yale University School of Architecture. Educated as both an architect and engineer, his primary research area is integration between the art and science/technology of architecture, with a focus on tall and other structurally challenging buildings. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in Chicago and the Republic of Korea Navy. He received his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Cantilever Architecture is a fascinating, engaging survey for anyone interested in one of the basic expressions of dynamic form – defying forces of nature with dramatic reach and seeming weightlessness.  Using historic and contemporary examples, Kyoung Moon ably illustrates how the integration of rational engineering principles support design aspirations for anything from a super tall building to a familiar chair. 
Brian Lee FAIA, Design Partner SOM