Houses of Glass: A Nineteenth-Century Building Type

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MIT Press, 1991 - Architecture - 641 pages
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The glasshouses of the nineteenth century represent a remarkable confluence of opposites in architecture and technology. The architecture was designed to create an artificial climate in which people could return to paradise, and yet the technical means employed were also basic to the century's developing industrial grime -the other side of paradise. Enriched by more than 700 illustrations, Houses of Glass chronicles these pristine structures as they evolved from hothouses into exhibition halls, ballrooms, and theaters.

Georg Kohlmaier is an architect and Barna von Sartory a sculptor. They have collaborated on many books and articles on contemporary architecture.
 

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Translation of the 1981 German Das Glashaus , this is a survey of the architectural development of the glasshousefirst as botanic hothouse, then evolving into exhibition halls, markets, theaters ... Read full review

Contents

The Illusion of Nature in the City 2 Photographs Engravings and Plans 395
25
The Glasshouse as Building Type
43
Summary Table
62
The Iron Skeleton
77
Wrought Iron
119
Appendixes
139
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