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Image and Detail
Details as technical solutions and images as design expressions are interrelated. Not only do architects have to perect their ability toproduce the „what“ o a building – the power o visions and images – but also have to be in control o the „how“ – the expressiono technique.Establishing the „how“ today demands more o an eort by the architect than in ormer times. First, the physical and material/technical complexity o detail problems has increased due to the increasing technical requirements and due to countless newbuilding materials. Second the structural changes within the building proession have resulted in a nearly complete lack o commontraditions and an absence o a general consensus in how to build and how to use a material.I we speak here about detailing, we restrict ourselves to the simultaneously architectural and technically challenging details o thebuilding enclosure. Fascia, plinth, quoins, openings are, one is tempted to say „archetype“ places, at where solutions o technicalproblems leave traces which mark the „ace“ o the building, complete its „picture“. These are the places at which technicalproblems concentrate on closest area and which, since they are usually very exposed, are particularly sensitively noticed. Betweenappearance and unction respectively between the detail as an architectural solution o a design problem and the detail as atechnical solution o bringing together dierent building components, a relationship exists – a coherency. A second relationshipexists between the detail and the whole ensemble. As the expression o the tectonic orm produced by the detail can only existbeore the background o a design concept, the technical solution represented by the detail can be merged into a continuous overallperormance only in agreement with the construction concept.
Three details make all the dierence. Fascia, plinth, quoins, openings are „archetype“ places, at where solutions o technical problems leave traces which mark the„ace“ o the building, complete its „picture“.
Emil Rysler, Architect SIA