Atlas of European Architecture Markus Sebastian Braun Architecture in Europe has always been characterized by an inimitable variety of style. Also current architecture, from Estonia to Spain, between Norway, Germany and Greece is inspired by the creative interaction of international design trends with the unparalleled and individual architectural language unique for each country for private homes and office complexes, religious and cultural buildings, or sports facilities and airports. The building technology of today is also marked by an exciting heterogeneity. Innovations like 3D printing are being applied as well as traditional brick construction, translucent high-tech concrete roofs as well as greened facades. The Atlas of European Architecture showcases the exciting esthetical, technical and typological diversity.
Coffee Love Markus Sebastian Braun A cafi is a place where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill - that's how UNESCO described the Viennese cafi culture in 2011 as it was named an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Places of coffee consumption of very different kinds are now indispensable as part of urban life all over the world. Such premises are constantly being redefined, reconceived and restaged - especially now through the Third Wave of Coffee. This publication shows how cafis, coffee houses and coffee shops are designed today: whether as a grand cafi, a living room mock-up or a nonchalant co-working space, whether in retro style or more casual. In addition to the 60 examples from all over the world, articles and essays tell the reader about very different aspects of coffee (house) culture in the past and present.
Green Design: Volume 2
Elegant, innovative or even extravagant design can hardly exist on its own today. The ecological and sustainable aspect of a product is the argument that clinches the sale especially where one is prepared to pay something more for design. That principal applies as well to the manufacture of products, for example those which are resource sparing, as well as their application, if they are low-emission and finally their disposal, if they are compostable. Green Design, Vol. 2 shows the most varied strategies of environmentally compatible design. Especially notable is the recycling of unusual materials, fair production and fair trade, low-emission use and finally the principal of conversion instead of disposal.
Green, Hidden and Above: The Most Exceptional Treehouses
Reigning majestically amid the treetops, the treehouse is a bastion of freedom and security in harmony with nature. It is a construction based either on a single tree or several, or on stilts in the middle of trees. Different methods of treehouse construction differ substantially from other types of building, requiring a profound knowledge of the materials to be used.
The Sunny Side of Life. Winter gardens, Sunrooms, Greenhouses
Daylight is an important consideration in almost every architectural project. This title presents residential projects in which it is a fundamental feature of the design. The spotlight is on conservatories or winter gardens, built with glazed or opaque roofs depending on the climatic conditions. It was in the 19th century when winter gardens were first used as rooms where people met to converse and gossip, an extension of conventional living spaces. Along with architectural plans for individual examples, the ecological potential of these spaces is discussed here, for example through the construction of winter gardens as a form of building modernization. What is more, examples of the trend in residential design for structures resembling greenhouses are also presented, revealing how the idea of the winter garden has become a powerful influence on modern design.