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The Elements of Modern Architecture: Understanding Contemporary Buildings

The Elements of Modern Architecture: Understanding Contemporary Buildings

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Fifty of the world’s best buildings created from 1950 to the present, dissected and analysed through specially commissioned freehand drawings

Aimed at a new generation of architects who take technology for granted but seek to understand the principles of what makes a building meaningful and enduring, The Elements of Modern Architecture features 50 buildings by the best-known and -recognized modern architects.

Constructions by Aalto, Gehry, Le Corbusier, Hadid and many others are represented in illustrations that explore all facets of the building’s creation. Starting from its site, each building is analysed through its surroundings, use of natural light, volumes and massing; its programme and circulation; its details, fenestration and ornamentation, taking the reader straight to the heart and mind of the architect.

Targeted at rising students and architects who seek to create architecture that transcends digital tools and techniques, The Elements of Modern Architecture is an essential reference and inspiration for many generations to come.


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Today, still an independent, family-owned company, Thames & Hudson is one of the world’s leading publishers of illustrated books with over 2,000 titles in print. We publish high-quality books across ‎all areas of visual creativity: the arts (fine, applied, decorative, performing), architecture, design, photography, fashion, film and music, and also archaeology, history and popular culture. Our children’s books list is also expanding. Headquartered in London, we have a sister company in New York and subsidiaries in Melbourne, Singapore and Hong Kong. In Paris, a further subsidiary company, Interart, distributes English-language books in France.

Antony Radford is an urban designer and Emeritus Professor of Architecture at The University of Adelaide.

Selen B. Morkoç is a writer and critic who has practised and taught architecture and theory in Australia and Turkey.

Amit Srivastava is an architectural historian based at the University of Adelaide.

008 Introduction
016 Sarabhai House 1951-55 Le Corbusier
022 Canova Museum 1955-57 Carlo Scarpa
028 Sydney Opera House 1957-73 Jørn Utzon
036 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1943-59 Frank Lloyd Wright
042 Leicester Engineering Building 1959-63 Stirling & Gowan
048 Salk Institute for Biological Studies 1959-66 Louis Kahn
054 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art 1956-58 Jørgen Bo and Wilhelm Wohlert
062 Yoyogi National Gymnasium 1961-64 Kenzo Tange
068 Seinäjoki Town Hall 1958-65 Alvar Aalto
074 St Mary's Cathedral 1961-64 Kenzo Tange
080 Heedmark Museum 1967-79 Sverre Fehn
086 Indian Institute of Management 1963-74 Louis Kahn
092 Bagsvaerd Church 1974-76 Jørn Utzon
100 Milan House 1972-75 Marcos Acayaba Arquitetos
104 HSBC Office Building 1979-86 Foster Associates
110 Neue Staatsgalerie 1977-84 James Stirling, Michael Wilford & Associates
116 House at Martha's Vineyard 1984-88 Steven Holl Architects
120 Church on the Water 1985-88 Tadao Ando Architect & Associates

128 Lloyd's of London Office Building 1978-86 Richard Rogers
134 Arab World Institute 1981-87 Jean Nouvel
140 Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art 1987-95 Richard Meier
146 Vitra Fire Station 1990-93 Zaha Hadid Architects
152 Lord's Media Centre 1994-99 Future Systems
158 Menara UMNO 1995-98 Kenneth Yeang, T. R. Hamzah & Yeang
164 Dancing Building 1992-96 Frank O. Gehry & Associates / Vlado Milunić
170 Eastgate 1991-96 Pearce Partnership
176 Thermal Baths in Vals 1986-96 Peter Zumthor
184 Guggenheim Museum Bailbao 1991-97 Frank O. Gehry & Associates
190 ESO Hotel 1998-2002 Auer+Weber
196 Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre 1996-99 Murcutt Lewin Lark
204 Jewish Museum Berlin 1988-99 Daniel Libeskind
210 Quadracci Pavilion 1994-2001 Santiago Calatrava
218 B2 House 1999-2001 Han Tümertekin
226 Caixa Forum 2001-3 Herzog & de Meuron
232 New Museum 2001-7 SANAA(Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa)
238 Scottish Parliament Building 1998-2002 EMBT / RMJM
244 Yokohama Port Terminal 1995-2002 Foreign Office Architects

250 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 1996-*2002 Tadao Ando Architect & Associates
256 Kunsthaus Graz 2000-3 Spacelab Cook-Fournier / ARGE Kunsthaus
262 Linked Hybrid 2003-9 Steven Holl Archiects
268 Santa Caterina Market 1997-2005 EMBT
274 Southern Cross Station 2001-6 Grimshaw Architects / Jackson Architecture
280 Meiso no Mori Crematorium 2004-6 Toyo Ito & Associates
286 Civil Justice Centre 2001-7 Denton Corker Marshall
292 Green School 2005-7 Green School PT Bambu
298 Mimesis Museum 2007-9 Álvaro Siza / Castanheira & Bastai / Jun Sung Kim
306 Juilliard School & Alice Tully Hall 2003-9 Diller Scofidio + Renfro / FXFOWLE
312 41 Cooper Square 2004-9 Morphosis Architects
318 Oslo Opera House 2002-8 Snøhetta
324 MAXXI 1998-2009 MAXXI Zaha Hadid Architects
330 Endnote: Some common themes
332 Acknowledgments and Picture credits
333 Further reading
339 Index

頁  數:344
尺  寸:304*227 mm(Portrait)
語  言:English

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