Structure as Architecture presents a comprehensive analysis of the indispensable role of structure in architecture. An exploration, as well as a celebration, of structure, the book draws on a series of design studies and case study examples to illustrate how structure can be employed to realize a wide range of concepts in contemporary architecture. By examining design principles that relate to both architecture and structural engineering, Andrew Charleson provides new insights into the relationship between both the technical and aesthetic aspects of architecture.
Now in its second edition, the text has been extensively revised and updated throughout. Features include:
More than two hundred case studies of contemporary buildings from countries such as the UK, the US, France, Germany, Spain, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan illustrate how a thorough integration of structure adds layers of richness and enhances the realisation of architectural design concepts.
‘Structure As Architecture cuts to the heart of the architectural and engineering relationship. This book explores how form and function blend, where structural and architectural concepts interweave and support each other for a technically and aesthetically enhanced work. Andrew Charleson demonstrates his holistic approach to architecture and engineering through stunning case studies where designers seamlessly and elegantly blend structural engineering with the architect’s design intent. As a structural engineer and architect, I truly believe this book is a must-read.’ - Holger S. Schulze Ehring, Structural Designer, New York City
Acknowledgements Preface 1. Introduction 2. Two building studies 3. Relationships between architectural and structural form 4. Building exterior 5. Building function 6. Interior structure 7. Structural detailing 8. Structure and light 9. Representation and symbolism 10. Hidden structures 11. Expressing architectural concepts 12. Fascilitating architectural concepts 13. Conclusions Index and bibliography of buildings Index