Designing Circulation Areas


Edited by Christian Schittich

Contributions by Christian Schittich, Arno Lederer, Jeannot Simmen, Thomas Schielke, Jimmy Schmid, Oliver Herwig, and by the following practices: Graber Pulver Architekten, Zurich/Bern, zanderroth architekten, Berlin, UNStudio, Amsterdam, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Isler Gysel / bhend.klammer architekten, Zurich, STUDIO UP, Zagreb, hohensinn architektur, Graz, Stump & Schibli Architekten, Basel, Morphosis Architects, Culver City, 3XN, Copenhagen, Eun Young Yi, Cologne, Klein Dytham architecture, Tokyo, Markus Scherer, Meran, kadawittfeldarchitektur, Aachen, Burkhalter Sumi Architekten, Zurich, KLab architecture, Athens/London, Behnisch Architekten, Munich, Giulia De Appolonia, Brescia, OAB – Office of Architecture in Barcelona, AllesWirdGut Architektur, Vienna, Snøhetta, Oslo, Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna, Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas, Rome.

An exciting part of a design task, or a necessary evil? Circulation sounds more like a host of associated rules, regulations and standards. Strange really, considering the great influence that circulation areas have on a design. They often serve as the calling card of a building and particularly stairs are almost always used as important design features.

The purpose of circulation is to connect components and spaces in a horizontal and vertical direction. But its elements – corridors, stairs, elevators, ramps – should be much more than pure necessity. Spectacular lifts and escalators, interesting floor plan solutions or space-defining stair sculptures accentuate and characterise the paths through a building. Circulation areas can be designed as inviting spaces to spend time in, as communication areas for spontaneous encounters and an exchange of ideas, or as places offering a variety of spatial experiences on the way to somewhere else. This makes them a key criterion for a successful design.

Articles by renowned authors on topics such as planning criteria, development of elevator technology, orientation in space and light design, as well as an extensive selection of international projects aim to inspire and spark new ideas.

Berlin, 2013, 30.4 x 23.2cm, illustrated, 176pp. Hardback.

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