Reading Architecture: A Visual Lexicon

By Owen Hopkins

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  • Paperback
  • 512 illustrations
  • 176 pages
  • 270 x 210 mm
  • ISBN 9781856697361
  • Published January 2012

This innovative and unique book is a visual guide to the buildings that surround us, naming all the visible architectural features so that, unlike other architectural dictionaries, the reader doesn't have to know the name before looking it up.

Clear line drawings and extensive colour photographs illustrate each of the main building types, from forts to churches, stately homes to skyscrapers. The individual structural elements and materials common to all buildings are then explained, whether in Classical, Gothic or Modernist style, before delving into the inner architectural details such as doors and windows, roofs and staircases. A comprehensive glossary completes the book.

An original and accessible take on the architectural dictionary, this book takes you on a visual tour of the buildings around us, and will be useful not only to students but to anyone with a general interest in architecture.

About the Author

Owen Hopkins works for the Architecture Programme at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

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'If you want to know the difference between a spire and a turret or an architrave and an astragal, then this is the book for you. Owen Hopkins has created a clearly illustrated and well-explained guide to reading a building, whether it's a classical temple, a medieval cathedral or a modern tower block.' Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine

'This well-designed volume, with clear images and layout, is an excellent ready-reference work… or aid those with a casual interest in architecture.'
Art Libraries Journal

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