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  • Markus Sebastian Braun. Coffee Love
    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, Hidden and Above: The Most Exceptional Treehouses
    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. In terms of use and design this special architectural discipline is full of surprises. The projects assembled for this volume show the present extraordinary treehouse variety. While natural motifs like nests, cocoons or caves are frequently employed, references to UFOs as well as other futuristic styles influence design – fantasy shall know no bounds.
  • The Sunny Side of Life. Winter gardens, Sunrooms, Greenhouses
    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.
  • Chris van Uffelen. When a Factory Becomes a Home
    When a Factory Becomes a Home
    Chris van Uffelen
    Housing shortages and building dereliction are fundamental challenges, concerning also the current architectural landscape. That these problems can be overcome by addressing them together has been proven by the increasingly successful reactivation and conversion of existing real estate in both urban and rural contexts. Real-world examples show that these measures can also make sense economically and from an urban planning perspective. In this way, the most extraordinary living spaces are created from old silos or depreciated office buildings, vacant churches, former station buildings or obsolete infrastructure buildings with the creative appropriation of the existing substance. The careful and respectful handling of the building fabric is as important in this process as the creative extension of the existing structures. This volume shows the exciting variety of reuse possibilities and provides new insights into and perspectives on a highly topical subject.

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