Tall: the design and construction of high-rise architecture

Tall: the design and construction of high-rise architecture

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This is a guide to both the basics and the details of tall building design, delving into the rudimentary aspects of design that an architect of a tall office building must consider, as well as looking at the rationale for why and how a building must be built the way it is.

Liberally illustrated with clear, simple black and white illustrations showing how the building structure and details can be built, this book greatly assists the reader in their understanding of the building process for a modern office tower. It breaks down the building into three main components: the structure, the core and the facade, writing about them and illustrating them in a simple-to-understand manner. By focusing on the nuts and bolts of real-life design and construction, it provides a practical guide and desk-reference to any architect or architecture student embarking on a tall building project.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17.78mm | 903g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 104 Line drawings, black and white; 22 Tables, black and white; 104 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138350761
  • 9781138350762
  • 497,713

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. Site: planning 3. Structure: steel 4. Structure: concrete 5. Structure: timber 6. Structural systems 7. Foundations 8. Core: planning 9. Core: vertical circulation 10. Core: facilities 11. Designing for Deconstruction 12. Services 13. Floors and Penetrations 14. Ceilings 15. Residential 16. Facade principles 17. Facade performance 18. Facade detailing Index
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"Skyscraper design has emerged as one of the most important and most complex tasks facing builders today. Tall: the design and construction of high-rise architecture explains how skyscrapers are conceived, designed, and built in remarkably clear prose, breaking down their economic and technical requirements into lucid chapters. Along the way, Guy Marriage presents a readily accessible guide to building structures, materials, economics, and finishes, covering the whole life of a tall building from its conception to its disassembly. Tall: the design and construction of high-rise architecture is an important addition for students and practitioners in a range of fields, from engineering and architecture to finance and facilities management, and makes for an essential companion for anyone navigating the tightly integrated systems and spaces of a skyscraper in design or construction."

Thomas Leslie, FAIA, Iowa State University/Northwestern University

"Regardless of where an architect or engineer is in his or her career, this is an essential guide to building tall and, most importantly, to doing so successfully."

Maria Mingallon

Excerpt from Architecture New Zealand, May 2020 (Issue 3)
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About Guy Marriage

Guy Marriage is an architect, registered in Britain and in New Zealand. Now teaching construction, design and building science at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, he gained construction experience from over two decades in practice, with 11 years working in architectural practices in London including Colman Architects, Jestico + Whiles and Foster + Partners. Returning to New Zealand in 2000, he worked for seven years at the Studio of Pacific Architecture and was one of the founding directors of First Light Studio in 2012. He has experience in projects that range in scale from small homes, prefabricated houses, apartment buildings, shopping centres, multi-storey office buildings, and two of the largest underground railway stations in London at the Jubilee Line extension. In 2016 he designed and built his own house, which was featured on Grand Designs New Zealand.
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