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The Architectural Detail--Dutch Architects Visualise Their Concepts. (Reviews: Designing Dutch).



By Ed Melet. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers. 2002. [euro]49

The sub-title says it all. This is a book to show you how leading Dutch architects Following is a list of Dutch architects in alphabetical order:

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z Dutch architects
A
  • Albert Aalbers
  • Ton Alberts
  • Wiel Arets
B
 view the detailing of their buildings. The author looks at the work of 12 architects to see how the design concept extends, or does not extend, into the details of construction and the jointing of materials.

The author accepts that the details of a building usually carry a considerable architectural load. The responses vary. MVRDV MVRDV Maas Van Rijs de Vries  use detailing to explain the design, Hans Ruijssenaars often exaggerated junctions to 'ornament' the building. Mecanoo contrasts different adjacent materials in a way that sets out to please. Van Velsen follows a minimalist min·i·mal·ist  
n.
1. One who advocates a moderate or conservative approach, action, or policy, as in a political or governmental organization.

2. A practitioner of minimalism.

adj.
1.
 path that tries to make details disappear. Koolhaas tries to go even further and not have details -- 'They are old architecture', he says.

The bulk of the book consists of pictures of buildings with their details printed alongside. This is carefully and attractively done and I found it both instructive in·struc·tive  
adj.
Conveying knowledge or information; enlightening.



in·structive·ly adv.
 and enjoyable. But also annoying. The beautifully drawn sections tell us something of what is going on, but not how the materials join along their length or how they turn the corner. As in most architectural publications, the love of minimalist graphics gets in the way of communication. One has to look at motoring or aircraft magazines to see clear drawings of 3D objects -- or even fifty year old building construction books with their cut-away isometrics isometrics
n.
Isometric exercise.
.
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Author:Winter, John
Publication:The Architectural Review
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Date:Apr 1, 2003
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