A-TYPICAL PLAN: Projects and Essays on Identity, Flexibility and Atmosphere in the Office Building

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“Analytical and atmospheric insights into the architecture of the workspace with a deep plan. Featured are buildings and projects by Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Alison & Peter Smithson, SOM, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, MVRDV, SANAA, and others. As a typology conceived in the twentieth century, the office building is often the architectural manifestation— not only of global capital, but also of technological might and mass production. But when we think of these buildings, we often think more of objects than of space; more of appearance than of atmosphere. In A-Typical Plan, Jeannette Kuo offers a reversal of the experience, starting from the inside out, and prioritizing space over symbol. In particular, the book reconsiders the deep plan within the European context for a discussion on density, economy and, not least, sustainability.A-Typical Plan presents a collection of projects through history that have attempted to bring character to the deep plan as a spatial experience for the workspace”

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Kuo, Jeannette with Dries Rodet and Isabelle Concherio: . A-TYPICAL PLAN: Projects and Essays on Identity, Flexibility and Atmosphere in the Office Building. Park Books, 2013. 4to in wraps as issued. 202 pages, 11 color and 68 b/w illustrations, 8 facsimiles, 137 floor plans and sections. Light edgewear else fine.

The work features essays by Iñaki Ábalos, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Andrea Bassi, Florian Idenburg, Jeannette Kuo, Freek Persyn, and Antoine Picon. A conversation with Inès Lamunière and a graphic essay by Jimenez Lai round out the diverse perspectives. A final chapter presents the work of students at the EPFL, with whom this research began. Succinct and beautifully illustrated, A-Typical Plan is a reminder that even buildings created for quotidian uses can be spatially and experientially rich”

First edition.

The books was the receiver of the 2013 Most Beautiful Swiss Book award

A-TYPICAL PLAN: Projects and Essays on Identity, Flexibility and Atmosphere in the Office Building