© 2007

Scratching The Surface

New London Facades By London Architects

  • Authors
  • Structural solutions, materials, animated facades, intelligent and responsive facades

  • Guide to new London architecture

  • Exhibition July / August 2007, NLA-New London Architecture at the Building Block Centre in London


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-5
  2. Introduction

  3. Essays

  4. Interviews

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Pages 84-93
    3. Pages 94-103
    4. Pages 104-113
    5. Pages 114-123
    6. Pages 134-143
  5. Projects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Pages 146-151

About this book


New architecture in London presents a richly facetted range of contemporary urban designs. Social and political forces require more than just cosmetic packaging for new buildings. The façade as a public face plays a complex role here.

While facades used to perform a static, representative guide, the requirements today focus on communication and interactivity. “Scratching the Surface” surveys the current state of affairs and documents today’s technical possibilities.

The book – which can be used as a guide due to its handy format – shows state-of-the-art façade construction. Its detailed technical renderings are meant to appeal to architects, planners and architecture students as well as civil engineers interested in architecture.


Architecture Facades Technology Guide

About the authors

ANDREW WATTS, born 1957. Over fifteen years experience working as an architect in facade and roofs detailing.

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