The Best Books for Architectural Detailing

Best Books for Architectural Detailing

Whilst studying architecture and even now, it always seems to be difficult to find a singular good book to teach and demonstrate architectural detailing …and well, that’s because there is never just one answer.

In no particular order we’ve done our best (and are constantly updating this list), to find what we feel are currently the best selection of architectural detail and construction books available.

These are perfect for both architectural students and architects, who are seeking detailing inspiration and understanding for their projects. A further and full summary of architecture books in general can be here.

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  1. Detail in Contemporary Timber Architecture
  2. Detail in Contemporary Timber Architecture

    This book provides analysis of both the technical and the aesthetic importance of details in modern timber architecture. Featuring the work of renowned architects from around the world, the book features 50 of the most recently completed and influential timber designs for both residential and commercial architecture...

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  3. Detail in Contemporary Resident Architecture
  4. Detail in Contemporary Resident Architecture

    Architectural detailing makes a building unique, and an architect outstanding. Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture provides analysis of both the technical and the aesthetic importance of details in the development of contemporary residential architecture. Featuring many of the world's most highly acclaimed architects...

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  5. Detail in Contemporary Concrete Architecture
  6. Detail in Contemporary Concrete Architecture

    Detail in Contemporary Concrete Architecture provides analysis of both the technical and the aesthetic importance of details in modern concrete architecture. Featuring the work of renowned architects from around the world, this book presents 49 of the most recently completed and influential concrete designs for both...

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  7. Architecture in Detail II
  8. Architecture in Detail II

    Following on from Graham Bizley’s successful Architecture in Detail, Architecture in Detail II presents forty case studies of detailing on recent construction projects. Over 150 full color drawings and photos provide a reference compendium for the professional architect seeking detailing inspiration. Originally featured in Building Design’s In Detail magazine, the included projects...

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  9. Detail in Contemporary Glass Architecture
  10. Detail in Contemporary Glass Architecture

    Following the success of the earlier titles in this series, Detail in Contemporary Glass Architecture provides analysis of both the technical and the aesthetic importance of details in modern glass architecture. Featuring the work of renowned architects from around the world, this book presents 50 of the most recently completed and...

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  11. Structural Engineering for Architects
  12. Structural Engineering for Architects

    This book gives students of architecture an understanding of the fundamental theories and practice behind the creation of architectural structures, helping them to develop an intuitive understanding of structural engineering.

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  13. Advanced Construction of Buildings
  14. Advanced Construction of Buildings

    The revised fourth edition of Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings expands on the resource that has become a standard text on the construction of buildings. 

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  15. Contemporary Residential Detailing 2
  16. Contemporary Residential Detailing 2

    Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture 2 follows on from the success of the first book in the series, and contains entirely new projects. Featuring the work of renowned architects from around the world, this book presents 50 of the most recently completed and influential house designs. It also analyses both the technical and the..

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  17. Facade Construction Manual
  18. Facade Construction Manual

    This new first edition of the Facade Construction Manual provides a systematic survey of contemporary expertise in the application of new materials and energy- efficient technologies in facade design, and represents an invaluable addition to our series of Construction Manuals.

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  19. Architectural Detailing: Function, Constructibility...
  20. Architectural Detailing: Function, Constructibility...

    Architectural Detailing systematically describes the principles by which good architectural details are designed. Principles are explained in brief, and backed by extensive illustrations that show you how to design details that will not leak water or air, will control the flow of heat and water vapor, will adjust to all kind...

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  21. The Architect's Studio Companion
  22. The Architect's Studio Companion

    The Architect’s Studio Companion is a robust, user friendly resource that keeps important information at your fingertips throughout the design process. It includes guidelines for the design of structure, environmental systems, parking, accessibility, and more. 

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  23. Building Construction Illustrated
  24. Building Construction Illustrated

    For over four decades, Building Construction Illustrated has been the leading visual guide to the principles of building construction. Filled with rich illustrations and in-depth content by renowned author Francis D.K. Ching, it offers students and practicing professionals the information needed to understand concepts in residential and commercial construction, architecture, and structural engineering.

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  25. Construction and Detailing for Interior Design
  26. Construction and Detailing for Interior Design

    This book is structured to encourage a diversity of techniques, allowing each student the means to find and put into practice the appropriate solution to fabrication issues and also to express their own personal aesthetic. The relation of existing building shells to the construction and detailing of new elements...

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  27. Materials, Processes, Structures Handbook
  28. Materials, Processes, Structures Handbook

    his internationally prizewinning volume now appears in its third, revised and expanded edition. Since the first edition was published in 2005, it has been adopted as a textbook at many universities. Organised into chapters on “Raw Materials / Building Materials (Modules),” “Elements” (Building Components), “Structures”...

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  29. Building Construction Handbook
  30. Building Construction Handbook

    The 12th edition of Chudley and Greeno’s Building Construction Handbook remains THE authoritative reference for all construction students and professionals. The principles and processes of construction are explained with the concepts of design included where appropriate. 

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  31. Contemporary Residential Detailing
  32. Contemporary Residential Detailing

    This comprehensive reference work contains scale drawings of every type of detailing used in contemporary residential architecture. This is a definitive sourcebook, with sections on each element of residential architecture, each one of which contains at least 50 drawings, with detailed keys explaining construction...

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  33. Passive House Details
  34. Passive House Details

    Passive House Details introduces the concepts, principles, and design processes of building ultralow-energy buildings. The objective of this book is to provide design goals, research, analysis, systems, details, and inspiring images of some of the most energy-efficient, carbon-neutral, healthy, and satisfying buildings currently built in the region.

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