Art & Architecture
DETAIL English edition

DETAIL English edition

Brick Construction 2017

DETAIL is the international journal dedicated to architecture and construction details. Each issue focuses on a particular aspect of design, such as constructing with concrete, roof structures, etc. Emphasis is placed on presenting designs in great detail, and complementing these with drawings in practical scales and superb photographs that illustrate real world examples from near and far. The English edition is published eight times per year.

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1 min.
the versatility of bricks

Brickwork has had a chequered history. In the Middle Ages, it advanced to become the favourite material of municipalities; and with the advance of industrial production in the late 19th century, its fortunes reached a new peak. Only a few decades later, however, brickwork was to meet with competition from concrete, steel and glass, and today it is only one material among many. Nevertheless, the small-scale texture and haptic qualities of exposed brickwork continue to exert a special attraction. Depending on its coloration and surface character and the way the bricks are bonded and jointed, there is still an enormous range of design possibilities with this material. Some architects even develop their own bricks for a particular project, as one sees in the European Hansemuseum in Lübeck with its hand-pressed…

3 min.
sos brutalism – rescue the concrete monstrosities

From 9 November, the German Museum of Architecture (DAM) in Frankfurt is presenting the first international overview of Brutalist architecture. Oliver Elser, the curator, describes how it all began and introduces three of his favourite “monstrosities”. In collaboration with the Wüstenrot Foundation, which for three decades has applied itself to the conservation of buildings in a world heritage context, we set out to draw up a global “red list”. Which buildings of the Brutalist movement are particularly endangered, and how can a reassessment of these often unpopular structures be achieved? For that purpose, the hashtag #SOSBrutalism was established, and for two years now it has been the international emblem of all initiatives that engage themselves for Brutalism. Parallel to preparations for the exhibition, a website was also set up which has listed…

4 min.
regional history beneath the sand: tirpitz museum in blåvand

Sparse pine and birch woods with sand dunes in between covered in grass and heather: at the end of 1944, in the midst of such a setting, the Wehrmacht – the German armed forces – began to erect their largest bunker complex of all time near Blåvand on the west coast of Denmark. With two mighty cannon emplacements, the Tirpitz position was meant to defend the harbour entrance to nearby Esbjerg. The project was never completed, however, and after the war, the Danish state attempted to dynamite the more southerly of the two bunkers – abortively, as it turned out – later converting it into a museum. On top of this powerful structure with its 3.5-metre-thick external walls a transparent dome with floral decoration was placed, and this still forms…

3 min.
animago award 2017

The Visualization of Architecture Visual effects (VFX) play an ever greater role in our reality. Their rapid development poses a daily challenge for creative professions – especially architecture, where there is often a mediative task in shaping highly complex relationships into a generally comprehensible and immediately adaptable form. More than ever, the dramaturgy and quality of the depiction determine whether a visual strategy can convince the recipients. In other words, the search for innovative forms and an adept use of programs were of central importance on the occasion of the 21st edition of the animago Award. As one of 11 categories, with a total of 962 entries from 58 countries, the prize for the best film production in the realm of architectural visualization was awarded on 7 September in Munich. A…

1 min.
integrative linking of indoor and outdoor spaces

Building openings provide light, ventilation and climate control for rooms. At the same time, they are essential functional and design elements of facades, enabling communication between indoor and outdoor spaces as transparent or translucent structural components. Similar to the entire building envelope, windows and exterior doors must meet exacting standards for materials, construction types and installation conditions, as well as for fire, noise and thermal insulation, energy efficiency, airtightness and building security. The Building Openings Construction Manual opens with historic developments, provides solid facts on standards and safety features. It covers materials, components, construction types and specifics of structural connections, including solutions on how to deal with existing older windows and issues of ventilation, the use of solar energy and ecological sustainability. Detailed case studies of successfully completed projects offer a wealth…

4 min.

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