Building in Existing Fabric: Refurbishment, Extensions, New Design

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Christian Schittich
Edition Detail, Jan 1, 2003 - Architecture - 176 pages
Unconventional concepts for reusing existing buildings - a topic which is becoming increasingly popular due to its economical and ecological advantages, not to mention the architectural and cultural factors. A disused power station is converted into a cultural centre, an old barn is made into a residential house. All around us we encounter buildings whose original purpose has rendered them obsolete, and which now offer space for new uses. Creative ideas give rise to inspiring projects which demand unconventional concepts and a sensitive approach to the existing buildings. The construction and building requirements confronting the architect are as varied and individual as the buildings themselves. This publication examines a wide range of realized examples, highlighting successful and innovative solutions, from the rehabilitation of preserved monuments to the renovation or renewal of existing buildings, from the reuse of a gothic monastery or the former industrial buildings of Fiat Lingotto to therenovation,of structures made of precast concrete panels. Introductory essays by specialist authors examine the economical, technical, historical aspects of the topic, and the projects presented are documened fully with illustrations, plans and details which have been specially produced by the editorial department of DETAIL.

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About the author (2003)

The series editor, Christian Schittich (b. 1956), is a trained architect with many years of office experience; since 1998 he is editor-in-chief of the journal Detail and author and editor of numerous books and articles in the field.

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