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Tectonics: A Building for the Earth Sciences at Oxford Hugh Pearman

Tectonics: A Building for the Earth Sciences at Oxford

Hugh Pearman

Published November 22nd 2011
ISBN : 9781907317538
Paperback
192 pages
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Tectonics: A Building for Earth Sciences at Oxford describes the project for Oxford University, UK, to design a new building for the Department of Earth Sciences.Tectonics charts the building’s progress, located in the University’s Science Area,MoreTectonics: A Building for Earth Sciences at Oxford describes the project for Oxford University, UK, to design a new building for the Department of Earth Sciences.Tectonics charts the building’s progress, located in the University’s Science Area, sitting close to numerous listed buildings, the project was intended to meet a functional and academic remit, and also to signal to the wider public the work, interests and concerns of its patrons and users. Tectonics highlights the building’s most interesting features, including the ‘narrative wall’—acting as the public face for the department—and the atrium ‘hinge’ which conjoins the laboratory and office wings.Tectonics: A Building for Earth Sciences at Oxford features contextual essays by individuals involved in the project, as well as critical pieces on the building’s architecture. Contributors also provide personal ‘artefacts’ which they feel were central to their approach in the process of designing the building, and the structure’s users provide anecdotes and narratives to convey the personality of the Department. The book’s Appendix includes factual information about the building and the design team as well as biographies for the main contributors.Tectonics brings together both design and client teams to explain the story of the project, its context and commission, describing in detail the architectural minutiae of the building.