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Very Small Buildings
Laurence King Publishing

By Ruth Slavid


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Very small buildings have a special appeal, and the constraints of space and cost can actually liberate the imagination.

Most of the projects in this book consist of no more than a few key spaces, in many cases just a single space. They are united only by their compact nature, the pleasure that they can provide and the intelligence that they embody.

A brief introduction is followed by five thematic chapters: Public Realm, Community Spaces, On the Move, Compact Living and Extra Space.

The 53 case studies include a park bench that transforms into a shelter for the homeless in Australia, an inflatable treetop structure for rainforest observation, a portable house for victims of hurricane Katrina, a transportable church in Finland, and a suspended office in France.

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Size: 7-3/4 x 8-1/2 in;
Pages: 224 pp;
310 illustrations, 260 in color
Format: Paperback
Publication: March 2009
ISBN: 9781856695947
ISBN10: 1856695948
Ruth Slavid is Special Projects Editor for The Architects' Journal. She is the author of Wood Architecture (2005) and Wood Houses (2006), both published by Laurence King.