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World Architecture: Industrial Revolution to Present (318L) Week 4 Notes

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World Architecture: Industrial Revolution to Present (318L) Week 4 Notes ARC 318L

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These notes cover the two discussions from week 4.
World Architecture: Industrial Revolution to Present
Dr. Richard Cleary
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Date Created: 09/22/16
World Architecture: Industrial Revolution to Present Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Iron, Steel, and Concrete  New materials: Iron and Concrete o Pantheon in Paris by Soufflot (1750s)  Classical building with Gothic influence; represents a long continuum going back through European history  Required its builder to understand the nature of arches  This building is interesting because it used IRON  System of wrought iron clamps and ties reinforcing the long spans in the pediment and stabilizing portico columns  Used in a secondary structural role  Iron was used in the Medieval and Antiquity, but this Pantheon has a much greater use of iron  Types of Iron o Cast Iron  Used as a mass-produced structural material in the 19 century  Poured into molds  High carbon content: strong but brittle  Best used in compression (columns)  Drilled connections and riveting can cause cracking o Wrought Iron  Long history as a secondary structural material (like clamps) and for ornament (like wrought iron balcony railings)  Mass production techniques developed in the 19 century enabled its use as a primary structural material  Much more malleable, think of a black smith  Rolled into bars, rods, and angles  Strong in both compression and tension (can be used for columns and beams)  Can be drilled, riveted, welded, and reworked (as by black smiths)  Production is labor intensive compared to cast iron (considerably more expensive) o Steel  Limited architectural use until the mid-19 century when new methods of production made it cost-effective for structural applications  By early 20 century, it had mostly replaced cast iron  Usually rolled but can be cast  Lower carbon content than cast iron but higher than wrought iron; ductile  Strong in compression and tension  Can be drilled, riveted, and welded  Quality can be controlled precisely  The Bessemer process was among the mass-production techniques developed in the mid-19 century  Iron Production o New, more efficient techniques of production developed over time o Stanley Mill in Gloucester, UK (1811)  cloth mill  Brick and iron construction reduced risk of catastrophic fire  Exterior would remain brick like before, but interior was changed from stone to iron  Royal Pavilion in Brighton, England by John Nash (1818-1823)  Very slender cast iron columns in the kitchen o The first public railway in GB opened in 1825 o By 1850s, the rail network was nationwide o This drove the production of iron rails  Architectural used of iron were sneaking in around the primary use in railroads o Euston Station was the original train shed for the London and Birmingham Railway designed by engineer Charles Fox, 1837  Cast iron columns, wrought iron tie rods  Entrance to the station designed by Philip Hardwick, 1837  Train side didn’t need to look nice, but the city side was recognized as a piece of monumental architecture  Initial image was to make the station fit into the normal architecture of the time (Neoclassical)  Integration of Iron o Viollet-le-Duc: Study for a building with masonry, cast and wrought iron, and a glass canopy, drawn in 1860s o Europeans (and Americans by extension) associated certain materials with certain uses  The hierarchy back then in descending order: stonemasonry, brick masonry, wood  Where would iron, steel, and concrete fit into there? o Library of Ste. Genevieve by Henri Labrouste (1845-1851)  Was in a prominent position facing the Pantheon  Created a load-bearing stonemasonry structure  Books were stored in the ground floor and the reading room was upstairs  Decided to use cast iron in the reading room to create an unobstructed open space  The building as a whole was deemed as successful at the time  Beautiful façade and elegant interior o University Museum in Oxford, England built by Deane & Woodward (a Dublin firm), (1855-1860)  Central court of the building has cast iron columns supporting a high roof of glass and iron  Possessed a likeness to Gothic architecture  Had a mixed response  Critics said that this was just an appropriation of Gothic style to new materials o Crystal Palace in London built by Joseph Paxton and others (1851)  Site of the first world’s fair – the Great Exhibition  World’s fair was a huge opportunity for industrial producers to show off and advertise their products  Wanted to create a huge, uninhibited open space  Was only meant to be temporary  Built very quickly, in the heart of the city in the middle of a park  Brick or stone would take too long and cost too much  Solution was lightweight architecture, mostly the first generation of greenhouses (called Stoves)  Joseph Paxton designed the Great Stove for the gardens at Chatsworth, 1838  Crystal Palace built with materials that people were unfamiliar with  Fabrication and construction of the Crystal Palace was led by Charles Fox and his firm, Fox and Henderson  They were one of the leaders in the early use of iron  Conceived as a building of mass production, an industrial product  Standardized components  Off-site fabrication  Just in time delivery  Prior to this, every piece of architecture was made to be unique  Color scheme of interior based on the play of primary red, blue, and yellow was devised by the architect and color theorist Owen Jones o Portable Iron House in Melbourne, Australia (1855)  Prefabricated, corrugated wrought iron buildings could be ordered from catalogs in England o Take-aways from iron  What to do with this material?  What is its place in the architectural world?  Concrete o Composed of cement, sand, and course aggregates mixed with water o Portland cement, developed in the early 19 century consists primarily of calcium oxide (lime), silicon dioxide, and iron or aluminum oxides o Rome: Pantheon dome (117 CE) uses natural cements  Mass concrete (no reinforcements) is strong in compression o Concrete (unreinforced) used to stabilize the embankment and as a raft supporting the foundation of the London Parliament o St. Mary’s Church in Suffolk, UK  Construction includes unreinforced concrete and concrete block (tower) o A leading innovator in reinforced-concrete construction was Francois Hennebique who acquired a number of patents in the 1890s  Reinforced concrete: metal bars embedded in concrete improve tensile strength o Villa for Baron Empain in Heliopolis, Egypt built by Alexandre Marcel, under license from Hennebique (1907-1911)  Reinforced concrete structure made to emulate southeast Asian architecture o Apartment building in Paris (25bis rue Franklin) built under a Hennebique license (1903-1904) o Unity Temple by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park (1905-1909)  Non-traditional church appears as a great mass with some openings  Hard to tell what it’s made of, but it’s reinforced concrete  Wright explored the qualities of mass concrete; separate the interior from the outside world  Wright uses concrete as a protective shell o Church of Notre Dame in Le Raincy, France built by A. & G. Perret (1922)  Looks like a traditional church from a distance  Easy to tell how the building supports itself  In one aspect, it’s compatible with notions of traditional churches  Narrow concrete columns hold up the roof, allowing the walls to not have to partake much in supporting the building  Traditional as a church but celebrating reinforced concrete as a framing material  Perret bros use concrete as a framework o Things to consider:  What do we do with new materials? What are their properties?  Are the materials conceptually replacing old ones?  Or do the materials lead to a different point of departure for a building? Thursday, September 22, 2016 Skyscrapers  London: Crystal Palace, Joseph Paxton and other, 1851 o Housed 1 World’s Fair o Was very bizarre and inspired awe with its unique construction o New York: Crystal Palace, George Carstensen and Charles Gildemeister, 1853  One of the buildings inspired completely by the London Crystal Palaca  Made to hold exhibitions  In its inaugural exhibition, Elisha Otis demonstrated his safety elevator in 1853  Subject of much gaping and awe; a spectacle of a building  The “fireproof” structure burned down in half in hour, 1858  Ad for corrugated wrought iron buildings by Hemmings Company, Bristol, England, 1853 o Allowed people to flat pack a town and ship it to the farthest reaches of the world  There was high demand for this  Catalog pages of cast iron facades sold by Daniel Badger’s Architectural Iron Works, 1856 o Badger and other iron manufacturers figured out that there was an opportunity to meet demand around America and the world o They could assemble a skilled crew and create molds for casting iron  These would be used for fabrication of iron facades of buildings o New York: Haughwout Building, J.P Gaynor, 1857  The store on the ground floor sold housewares  Rise of more general stores and department stores  Façade had to be ice to attract customers  Cast iron facades produced by the Daniel Badger Co.  First use of Otis’s passenger elevator  4-6 stories was the maximum height that most people would be willing to walk up  Compared to London and Paris, NY was the only city with skyscrapers o Skyscrapers originated in the US o All 3 cities had the same technologies, same material skill, and same technical engineering skill  Yet only the US built them for a while. Why?  Economic state  Acceptable building styles  Population density  Age of cities  Livable surface area  Building regulations o Very restrictive in terms of buildings heights o Governments reluctant to change their regulations o Doctrine of Ancient Lights: buildings weren’t allowed to cast deep shadows on already existing buildings  U.S. got away with this quickly because it restricted the construction of property  Chicago: Home Insurance Company Building, William LeBaron Jenney, 1884 o Considered one of the first skyscrapers; tall for its time o Conservative-looking stone and brick construction o Had cast iron columns that supported wrought iron beams; also brick for load- bearing and fireproofing  Chicago: The Fair Store, William LeBaron Jenney, 1890 o Steel frame construction; elements bolted together and covered with fireproofing material o Stable and inherently resistant to any wind load, partially because it was still quite low  Chicago: Reliance Building, Charles Atwood/Daniel Burnham, 1894 o Curtain wall (exterior wall and glazing are attached to the frame and are NOT load-bearing o The skin of this building is glass an terra cotta (ceramic clay)  Tall building construction challenges: o Wind bracing  Tower-like buildings were significantly affected by the wind  Shear force at right angles to the force of the building against the ground  Engineers tested many solutions to the wind o Connections  Should pieces of the frame shift slightly as loads are applied or be completely stiff  How to make connections safe and secure  Challenging with cast iron because the holes had to be cast  Wrought iron more forgiving o How to maintain constant pressure when bolting o Riveting comes out as a connection technique o Foundations  Ideal condition: Bedrock is fairly accessible without going too deep  Building can simple rest on top of this rock of the Earth  Chicago wanted to be a marsh, and bedrock was very far down  Engineers in Chicago designed “rafts” that distributed the weight of sky scrapers  Iron frame construction was the most popular, but reinforced concrete was also existent o Cincinnati, OH: Ingalls Building, 1903  Ernest Ransome reinforced concrete system  Austin’s first skyscraper o Scarborough Building, Sanguinet & Staat, architects (Fort Worth), 1910  New York: o Many different approaches to the visual character and expression of skyscrapers o New York World Building, George Post, 1890  Dome: alludes to capitol, Renaissance  High style expressive themes: Renaissance columns o Woolworth Building, Cass Gilbert, 1910-1913  Interpretation of Gothic form: verticality o Even skyscrapers can draw on historicism  “The White House” in Rotterdam (Netherlands) was the tallest office building in Europe for many years; load-bearing brick exterior wall, partial iron framing internally o Investors wants “A grand office building in the American spirit” o Possibly based on an unrealized project for the San Francisco Examiner building, 1890 o Back and forth of ideas between America and Europe  Europeans were fascinated with skyscrapers even though they couldn’t build them  Moving away from historicism o St. Louis: Wainwright Building, Adler & Sullivan, 1890  Small patterns not akin to any particular style  Didn’t like the layer system because it detracted from a building’s loftiness  Emphasized vertical elements o Chicago: Reliance Building, Charles Atwood/Daniel Burnham, 1894  Terra Cotta elements symbolize a simple Classical rosette pattern  Doesn’t really make you think of Classicism  Atwood wanted to rethink design and not base it on the past  Treated skyscraper as a series of layers on top of each other  Skyscraper Shapes o Maximizing rentable area was key to achieving profitability o Skyscrapers were always built to make money  Charge the max amount of rent for the max area possible o Elevators clustered in the middle, where rentability was lowest o Maximized offices that could receive daylight  Daylight was the primary light source; electrical lighting was only supplementary o Lot size  New York had smaller, skinnier lots, so buildings were built to be taller  Chicago had larger lots, which allowed for wider buildings o Building regulation  1916: NYC passed nation’s 1 zoning code  Required set-backs at specified heights for tall buildings to allow more daylight to reach the streets o New York: Empire State Building, Shreve, Lamb and Harmon (architects), 1930- 1931  102 floors completed in 410 days o New York: Seagram Building, 1954-1958  By creating a plaza in front, the building didn’t have to have setbacks  Became a common theme in skyscraper construction  Change to sealed windows  air quality dependent on mechanical air conditioning  Increasingly common after WWII  Fluorescent lighting became standard in commercial architecture after WWII  Price had gone down enough and light quality was good o Chicago: John Hancock Center, Fazlur Khan, 1965-1970  There was a practical height at which it wasn’t affordable to build anymore  Then Fazlur created the Braced tube structural system  Handled wind loads and gravity loads with giant diagonal beams  Allowed for more floor space and less use of steel overall  100 stories, mixed use: commercial, office, and residential with parking  Today o Chicago: Aquz, Jeanne Gang, 2007-2009  Expressive system of expansive cantilevers and beautifully shaped concrete  Directs wind around the building o Bangkok: MahaNakhon, Ole Scheeren, 2011-2016  Breakdown of the mass of the tower  Rotated spiral of cube-like elements going around the building


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