The Best Architectural Detail Books

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.

  

 

 

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Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture

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...

Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings

This book expands and deepens your understanding of construction technology. Covering the construction of larger–scale buildings (primarily residential, commercial and industrial) constructed with load bearing frames, supported by chapters on fit–out and second fix, lifts and escalators, off–site construction and a new chapter on building obsolescence...

 

Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes

This 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”... 

Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture 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...

 

Building Construction Illustrated

For over three decades, Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. This new edition of the revered classic remains as relevant as ever, providing the latest information in Francis D.K. Ching′s signature style. Its rich and comprehensive approach clearly... 

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...

 

Building Construction Handbook 

The Building Construction Handbook is THE authoritative reference for all construction students and professionals. Its detailed drawings clearly illustrate the construction of building elements, and have been an invaluable guide for builders since 1988. The principles and processes of construction are explained with the...

Architectural Detailing

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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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... 

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...

 

Construction and Detailing for Interior Design

his 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...

Detail in Contemporary Landscape Architecture

Detailing makes a landscape unique, and a landscape architect outstanding. Featuring many of the worlds most highly acclaimed landscape architects, this book presents 40 of the most recently completed and influential landscape designs. Each project is presented with colour photographs, site plans and sections...

 

Detail in Contemporary Residential 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...

European Building Construction Illustrated

The first European edition of Francis DK Ching’s classic visual guide to the basics of building construction.For nearly four decades, the US publication Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. This new European edition focuses on the construction...

 

Detail in Contemporary Staircase Design

Detail in Contemporary Staircase Design provides a revealing insight into this most sculptural of architectural elements. Featuring many of the world's most highly acclaimed architects, as well as emerging practitioners, the book presents 40 recently completed staircase designs, found in homes, galleries...

Structural Engineering for Architects: A Handbook

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. As well as providing a valuable reference and sourcebook, it will enable them to conduct productive...

 

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 colour 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...

Introduction to Architectural Technology

This book provides an accessible introduction for architecture students to all aspects of architectural technology: structural physics, structural elements and forms, heating, lighting, environmental control, and computer modelling. It will also help students to integrate their design thinking with appropriate structural and environmental solutions...