Laurence King Publishing
Adam Mornement/ Annabel Biles
|Approximate size||254 x 238 x 25 mm|
|Approximate weight||1360 g|
Infill is a case-study book containing buildings with particular lot characteristics, mainly with extreme conditions such as narrow lots, submerged sites and sloping terrains. It is a non-technical book, presenting the examples with a set of basic photos and drawings, but it is an interesting book to get to know some unusual solutions. The book is well-organized and contains examples that stand out with their architectonic qualities.
- Good selection of unusual infill buildings
- Useful classification of infill lot types
- Pleasant reading experience due to thick hardcover and book size
The book is split into six different chapters, each one featuring a different type of infill lot, from terrace plots to underground, submerged and sloping lots. Each chapter, or lot type, is illustrated by a set of four to nine buildings, with 4 to 8 pages per building. There is a group of photographs and simplified plans for each building, providing information to understand their basic principles. In some cases plans and sections are not clear enough to understand finer details, so one can feel the need to search additional material in order to fully grasp the project. On the other hand, some buildings are clearly explained and graphic material is more than enough to get the crucial ideas underlying their conception. The main point to be emphasized in this book is without doubt the chosen projects, not only for their quality but also for their rare characteristics.
The book as object
Infill is a small-sized book, with a beautiful golden cover and graphic design. The remarkably thick cover in proportion to the book size offers a comfortable reading experience and allows the book to be read everywhere, giving it additional protection and support. Inside, each project is clearly identified and has, in most of the cases, a good collection of graphic material to support the textual description. The binding, although being of very good quality, doesn’t allow the book to lay flat, causing some double-page images to be cropped in the middle – it isn’t a major issue for the reading experience, just a secondary aspect to be noted. In a general panorama, the book is a good suggestion for something between a coffee-table book and a reference book, due to their good contents, graphic conception and careful production.
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