Supersheds : The Architecture of Long-span Large-volume Buildings

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Supersheds traces the development of wide span structures and economic enclosuers which has closely followed technological progress. The most significant industrial sheds are examined in detail, illustrating that demands on structure and building enclosure has generated many exciting solutions in both architectural and engineering terms.

Chris Wilkinson has added many new examples for this new and expanded edition of Supersheds, available for the first time in paperback.
The development of the 'well-serviced shed' is explored from its roots in the early 20th century American factories through to the exciting masted structures of the 1980s. The author also looks at 'lightweight structures' in the form of space frames, suspended roof and fabric membranes. This highly interesting and stimulating book, with its numerous illustrations and international coverage, will be invaluable for students and a useful reference source for architects and engineers.
Learn about the development of the technolgy which has brought about the 'supershed'
Discover solutions to the increasing demand for 'space', both past and present
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 210 x 297 x 12.19mm | 672g
  • Architectural Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0750624906
  • 9780750624909

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There is an ever increasing need for large column-free spaces related to numerous activities ranging from hangars to industrial production lines, sports facilities and even art galleries. The demands for wide span structures and economic enclosures has generated some exciting solutions in both architecture and engineering terms. Supersheds traces the development of this type of building which has closely followed technological progress, starting with the Crystal Palace, early train sheds and airship hangars. The author looks at the potential for lightweight structures and provides valuable information on the choice of structure and suitable forms. Recent transportation buildings for high speed railways and the latest airport terminals are covered in a new chapter, whilst another examines the latest sports and leisure buildings including the options for retractable roofs for stadia.
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Table of contents

Pioneers of the 19th century; hangars; industrial architecture of the early 20th century; evolution of the well-serviced multi-use shed; more with less; transportation; sports and leisure; future.
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'Copiously illustrated with many familiar photographs and illustrations, the book is a wonderful record of
modern day achievement and a source of inspiration to engineering and architecture students'. RIBA Journal. ' ... as a source book it works beautifully with enough of a taster of the buildings described to excite the reader ...' Building Design. '
... a marvellous addition to the library of any architect, engineer or designer. buildings 'Following its sell-out success, Chris Wilkinson's Supersheds, the book that put the glamour back into the large-volume, clearspan space, is back in print in an
updated form.' - Building Magazine, March 1996

'Recognising the increasing need for large column free spaces, this
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