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SKINS FOR BUILDINGS: THE ARCHITECT'S MATERIALS SAMPLE BOOK
Piet Vollaard & Els Zijlstra eds.

BIS Publishers, 2004
Hardcover
608 pages
750 illustrations, full colour.
ISBN: 9063690428

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Materials are one of the most important elements of contemporary architecture. Skins for Buildings is the first publication in book form that comes close to being a real sample reference for architectural materials. It's a large visual atlas of 200 of the most important types of material for application to facades and walls. Displayed in full-page, highly detailed photographs, this book shows the visual impact materials can have. It also discusses other sensory aspects and gives examples of how the material can be used.

They selected 200 types of material, subdivided into 8 families: wood, natural stone, fired man-made stone, unfired man-made stone, metal, plastic, glass and new materials like composites and smart materials. Per family, there is an inventory of pure materials, additives and composites together with their utilisation. This book is an unsurpassed reference guide and source of inspiration for every architect.

 

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