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Building Types Online

Content

Resources from Birkhäuser, leading specialist publisher for architecture, based in Basel, Switzerland.

Content from professional book publications on building typology of the last 15 years.

Case Studies and Articles selected and written by international authors.

1,200 case studies and thematic articles, 5,500 floor plans, sections, elevations and other drawings, 2,200 photographs.

Building types to date include housing, schools and kindergartens, offices, industrial buildings, research and technology buildings, museums, churches, libraries and hospitals.

Strong focus on residential buildings with many international examples.

Content to grow annually from 2017 onwards.

Editor-in-Chief, Professor Oliver Heckmann of Singapore University of Technology and Design, author of the leading reference book on residential design, Floor Plan Manual Housing.

Benefits

All texts written by internationally renowned authors in architecture and leading authorities in their fields, among them Peter G. Rowe on housing, Paul von Naredi-Rainer on museum buildings and Mark Dudek on schools.

Detailed and in-depth descriptions and analyses, thorougly checked and edited by the publisher’s editorial department.

Complete content consistently tagged with a wide range of metadata, allowing fast and precise searches with specific parameters.

Database accessible by extensive search and browse functions that respond systematically to the needs of building type design.

Architectural drawings based on documents from the design practices and optimized for high-end printing standards.

Many vector-based plans, accessible electronically here for the first time and available for download.

Click on the images to view free sample projects

Swiss Cottage School, London

Housing Complex Tokiostrasse, Vienna

National Library of China, Beijing

Use

Refer to the curated content and the expertise of renowned architectural writers.

Search content according to building type, country, architect, decade, height, urban context and other criteria.

Browse content according to your specific interests in building typology, architectural form or urban design.

Understand the design decisions through detailed analyses of case studies.

Save and print the text and the individual plans as PDFs.

Allow simultaneous and unlimited use to all of your employees.

Testimonials

… the careful selection by leading experts and their categorization of projects, together with the intuitive navigation and ease of downloading drawings will quickly transform this database into a first stop search for information about recent buildings.

Janine Henri, Head librarian UCLA, in ARLIS/NA, June 2016

 

The content of the articles does indeed seem authoritative across the different program types addressed … the case study projects reflect a commendably global scope of geographic distribution … The architects of the project buildings are also commendably diverse in terms of their stature within the profession.

Terrance Goode, Syracuse University, in the Journal of Architectural Education, September 2017

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