Cantilever Architecture (Paperback) book cover

Cantilever Architecture

By Kyoung Sun Moon


268 pages

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Paperback: 9781138674219
pub: 2018-10-23
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Hardback: 9781138674189
pub: 2018-10-23
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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.


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

Table of Contents

Part 1: Horizontal Cantilevers 1. Cantilevered Building Components 1.1 Stairs 1.2 Balconies 1.3 Canopies 2. Cantilevered Buildings 2.1 Cantilever Proportioning 2.2 Jettying 2.3 Large One Sided Cantilevers 2.4 Large Two Sided Cantilevers 2.5 Merged Cantilevers 2.6 Stacked Multiple Cantilevers Part 2: Vertical Cantilevers 3. Structural System for Lateral loads 3.1 Interior Structures 3.2 Exterior Structures 3.3 Interior-Exterior-Integrated Structures 4. Damping Systems for Vertical Cantilevers 4.1 Passive Damping Systems 4.2 Active Damping Systems 5. Complex-Shaped Vertical Cantilevers 5.1 Twisted Towers 5.2 Tilted Towers 5.3 Tapered Towers 5.4 Freeform Towers 5.5 Conjoined Towers. Glossary. Resources. Appendix: Cantilevered Furniture. Image Credits. Index

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials