Sustainable Building Design

ISBN: 9780415840743


Sustainable Building Design, Learning from nineteenth-century innovations. A twenty-first century renaissance is emerging in architecture. After a century of building designs characterized by high energy demand, low quality lighting and poor thermal comfo

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Sustainable Building Design, Learning from nineteenth-century innovations

A twenty-first century renaissance is emerging in architecture. After a century of building designs characterized by high energy demand, low quality lighting and poor thermal comfort, the fundamental questions must be asked again: is there a better path to designing the most energy efficient, comfortable, functional and beautiful buildings for a sustainable future? While seeking solutions for the future, are there lessons to be learned from the best buildings of the past?
Sustainable Building Design explores outstanding buildings and building designs of the twenty-first century, with an emphasis on the artistry of masters of architecture who came before. By dissecting and analyzing great public buildings of the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, materials, techniques, and methods are discovered. This book presents the reader with clues and suggestions that will reveal the secrets of these buildings and by doing so provides the reader with a thorough understanding of how these architectural masterpieces work.
Using photographs, drawings, sections, plans and diagrams which are painstakingly redrawn for consistency and clarity based on a wide range of documentation, Vidar Lerum compares works of architecture from the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries. The reader is presented with a careful analysis of each building, providing a compelling sourcebook of ideas for students and professional architects alike.



  • 1. The age of science and technology
  • 2. Architecture of Modernity 


  • 3. The Winter Palace, Russia / Bartholomeo Rastrelli
  • 4. Sir John Soane’s Museum, London / Sir John Soane
  • 5. Bibliotheque Saint-Genevieve, France / Henri Labrouste
  • 6. Palace of Westminster, London / Charles Barry (1795-1860)
  • 7. St George’s Hall, UK / Harvey Lonsdale Elmes
  • 8. The British Museum, The Reading Room, London / Sydney Smirke
  • 9. University of Glasgow Gilmorehill, UK / Architect: Sir George Gilbert Scott
  • 10. Manchester Town Hall, UK / Alfred Waterhouse
  • 11. Natural History Museum, London / Alfred Waterhouse
  • 12. Birmingham Children’s Hospital, UK / William Henman


  • 13. Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, USA / The Kubala Washatko Architects
  • 14. Great River Energy,USA / Perkins + Will
  • 15. The Terry Thomas,USA / Weber Thompson
  • 16. Manitoba Hydro Place, Canada / KPMB Architects, with Smith Carter Architects
  • 17. Tempe Transportation Center, USA / Architect: ARCHITEKTON
  • 18. Nrel Research Service Facility, USA
  • 19. Dpr Construction, USA / Architect: SMITHGROUPJJR
  • 20. Morphosis Studio, USA / Architect: Morphosis
  • 21. Sony’s Osaki New Building Project, Japan / Architect: NIKKEN SEKKEI
  • 22. The Bullitt Center, USA / The Miller Hull Partnership
  • 23. Packard Foundation Headquarters, USA / EHDD Architecture
  • 24. Kimbell Art Museum Extension, USA / Renzo Piano Building Workshop
  • 25. Mariposa Land Port of Entry, USA / Jones Studio
  • 26. Billings Public Library, USA / Will Bruder + Worksbureau


  • 27. Oregon Sustainability Center, USA / SERA/GBD Architects
  • 28. Powerhouse One, Norway / Snohetta
  • Bibliography, Index

252 pages, 178 colour illustrations, 75 colour line drawings / 22 x 27,5 cm / English

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