At Home in Steel: Residential Construction in Steel
Thoughts on Space and Structure
ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences & Park Books, 2019
A compact and concise survey of the use of steel in residential architecture, reflecting on historic icons and featuring outstanding contemporary examples.
Since the introduction of steel as a building material in the early 20th century, its superior performance has challenged conventional wisdom about construction, enabling designs of surprising lightness and span. From the Eames House in Los Angeles to the Hôtel Tassel in Brussels and the Maison de Verre in Paris, At Home in Steel celebrates the use of steel in residential architecture. These icons of steel construction should inspire architects to rediscover the advantages of this versatile material in contemporary residential architecture, from industrial prefabrication and a swift and dry construction process to structural adaptability over a building’s lifetime.
Drawing on recent research at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Constructive Design, the essays in At Home in Steel reflect on steel residential architecture from today’s perspective. The book features contemporary examples by Atelier Bow-Wow, Christian Kerez, Lacaton and Vassal, and Made In, among others.
With contributions by Ingrid Burgdorf, Patric Fischli-Boson, Patric Furrer, Stephan Mäder, Marcel Meili, Daniel Meyer, Niko Nikolla, Tanja Reimer, Astrid Staufer, and Martin Tschanz.