Author(s): Mary Benedict Bonham
Visually enriched with over 250 photographs and drawings, Bioclimatic Double-Skin Fa ades is an essential reference guide for understanding the types and functions of double-skin fa ades. Author Mary Ben Bonham examines the history and continuing potential of double-skin architecture, informing on the variety of approaches possible and advising a rigorous integrated design process leading to application. Featuring a wide selection of architectural examples, the book will be of interest to professionals and students within the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction. Characterized by a buffer-like air space between two glazed building skins, double-skin windows and fa ades aim to improve building comfort and energy performance. Double skins introduce complexity and initial costs, yet significant buildings in locations around the globe continue to select this approach. In addition to exploring motivations, benefits, and cautions for designing with double skins, the book provides a primer on fundamental fa ade design concepts and strategies for control of thermal, luminous, and acoustic environments. Chapters also address alternative types of high-performance fa ades and implications for each phase of fa ade design and construction. Bioclimatic Double-Skin Fa ades promotes bioclimatic design that is inspired by nature, measured in performance, and uniquely adapted to climate and place. In-depth case studies illustrate how double-skin fa ades have been adapted to a range of climates and cultural settings: Marseille Library and Grenoble Courthouse in France, Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts, Manitoba Hydro Place in Canada, and the Pearl River Tower in China.