Below Ground Level: Creating New Spaces for Contemporary Architecture

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Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 25, 2002 - Architecture - 264 pages
Any space that involves descending from our typical aboveground environment is a provocation to our sensory perceptions. Such hidden spaces evoke latent mythical images and confront us with the clash between nature and artifice in our built environment. This book explores the character, use and design of underground space as a space of its own. International examples of commercial premises, restaurants, sports facilities, subway stations, museums, churches, libraries, concert halls, houses and other building types form the core material. Interviews with many renowned designers including Norman Foster, Floris Alkemade (OMA) and Francine Houben (Mecanoo) convey the architects' own views on the subject. Essays reflect on the cultural aspects, planning conditions, design considerations, technical requirements and sustainability aspects of building below ground level. Chapters include: Urban Development, Architecture, Functions, Perception and Cognition, Constructions, Energy and Interior Climate.
 

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To be and not to be
Underdeveloped
Friedrichstrasse Berlin
Museumplein Amsterdam
Interview with Emilio Ambasz
URBAN DEVELOPMENT
The way down is the way out
Impressive
PERCEPTION AND COGNITION
Through a childs eyes
Underexposed
The underworld
Itäkeskus swimming pool Helsinki
Temppeliaukio church Helsinki
Catedral Metropolitan Brasilia
Beelden aan Zee Museum Scheveningen

Jubilee Line London
Interview with Floris Alkemade
ARCHITECTURE
Subterranean existence
Yawning depths
Under fire
Le Carrousel du Louvre Paris
Villa Hoogerheide Hilversum
Glass Temple Kyoto
Souterrain Amsterdam
Interview with Norman Foster
FUNCTIONS
We can get more under ground
No way
Panopticon Prison Breda
Two restaurants
Wagamama London
Restaurant Johan Graz
Interview with Francine Houben
Interview with Jan Benthem
ENGINEERING
Reclaiming space from earth and water
The bowels of the earth
Philharmonic Hall Cologne
Zeeland Archives Middelburg
Interview with John Carmody
ENERGY AND INTERIOR CLIMATE
Buildings like icebergs
The hole in the world
Soft and Hairy House Tsukuba City
Nine Houses Dietikon
Law Faculty Library Ann Arbor
Marriott Library Salt Lake City
Acknowledgements
Illustration Credits
Colophon
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