New Glass Architecture


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Brent Richards; Photography by Dennis Gilbert

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A timely look at the ways in which glass is utilized in some of today's most beautiful and experimental building designs

For centuries, glass has provoked fascination with its properties as a versatile material that permits light to enter buildings in spectacular ways. Much of modern architecture has been conceived by using glass to create increasingly minimal structures, to promote the notion of lightweight construction solutions, and to allow maximum daylight into buildings. New Glass Architecture showcases the changing ways that aesthetics and methods for using glass have been developing since the 1990s.

The book begins with an introduction that traces the history of key moments in glass architecture--from the stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral to the Crystal Palace of 1851, and early constructions by John Soane, Bruno Taut, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe. Author Brent Richards explains the importance of glass artists in the second half of the 20th century and describes developments in glass technology over the last twenty years. Beautifully illustrated with newly commissioned photographs by Dennis Gilbert, the book features twenty-five case studies of recent glass constructions from around the world by such leading architects as Foster and Partners, Frank Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron, Steven Holl, Toyo Ito & Associates, Jean Nouvel, Raphael Viñoly, and Peter Zumthor. Each building is illustrated in full color and accompanied by detailed drawings.

New Glass Architecture features these buildings and more:
·        Chapel of Ignatius, Seattle
·        Condé Nast Café, New York
·        DZ Bank, Berlin
·        Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia
·        Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria
·        Laban Dance Centre, London
·        Torre Agbar, Barcelona

Brent Richards is a practicing architect and director of the Design Laboratory at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He is a leading expert in glass technology and principal of Design Antenna Architects, London. Dennis Gilbert is a renowned architectural photographer.

"Recommended."—Met Home

"Close-ups of two dozen other stunning projects in Europe and the United States get the point across: Glass is versatile, mysterious, bold and beautiful."—Steve Paul, Kansas City Star

"Richards presents 25 beautifully illustrated ‘case studies,’ all landmark buildings of the last decade, that exemplify advanced, imaginative, and often environmentally sustainable applications of glass. . . . Copious images by architectural photographer Gilbert, along with plans and a concise text, highlight the structural and aesthetic use of glass in each case study. With its smattering of postmodernist philosophy and sprinkling of technical jargon, this book lies somewhere between the professional/trade literature and popular coffee-table treatments."—Library Journal

"Richards has a masterful grasp of all aspects of glass, from its history to its chemistry and technology. He shows how the artistry and technology of glass have seemingly raced to keep up with each other, and how architects and artists must wait for the technology to allow their designs to be built. Sometimes, however, the technology had to wait to be utilized to its most stunning potential. Dennis Gilbert’s exquisite photography, in color and black and white, conveys the beauty of the art that Richards describes in such detail."—Michael J. Albert, Bloomsbury Review

"Richards—an expert in glass technology—presents the best of recent architectural work in glass in arguing that the material has come into its own in the past 15 years. . . . After an illuminating opening essay tracing the history of glass archtiecture, the book shifts to present 25 detailed, visually stunning case studies. . . . New Glass Archictecture is a window on the best of this architectural form, which structural engineers the world over are helping to bring to fruition."—Civil Engineering
ISBN: 9780300107951
Publication Date: October 2, 2006
Publishing Partner: Laurence King
240 pages, 9 3/4 x 9 3/4
75 b/w + 175 color illus.