by Heinz W. Krewinkel
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Hardcover - 160 pages (December 1998)
As a material, glass allows the creation of an especially elegant and aesthetic architecture. This
book shows in detail the latest technological and material developments in glass construction by
presenting the most significant built examples of the last five years.
Contemporary architecture cannot be thought of without also taking into consideration the
utilization of large-scale glass facades. The large, bright halls of the TGV station in Paris-Roissy
(Paul Andreu) or the Leipzig Neue Messe (Gerkan, Marg & Partner with Ian Ritchie) owe their
existence to this relatively young technology of large-scale constructed glazing. Wherever
transparency and natural light are desired, glass facades and roofs are being used, enabling an
architecture of great lightness and elegance.
The book presents these technically demanding buildings in great detail. Approximately 25
exceptional international projects from the past five years are presented along with their distinctive
constructional details. The precise description of the buildings is enhanced with numerous pictures
and scaled detailed drawings. The choice of buildings includes diverse types of construction and
utilization and presents the full spectrum of contemporary glass technology. In addition to its
technical documents, the book offers a comprehensive, technologically up-to-date sourcebook of
the design possibilities of building with glass. Among the structures presented are the Kunsthaus
Bregenz by Peter Zumthor, the Tokyo International Forum by Rafael Vinoly, the Hotel at Munich
Airport by Helmut Jahn, the Graz Airport by Riegler/Riewe and the Forestry Center in
Marche-en-Famenne in Belgium by Philippe Samyn.
Heinz W. Krewinkel is an architect and professional journalist. Since 1983 he has been
editor-in-chief of the German technical magazine Glasforum