DETAIL Symposium and Readers´Trip to Londdon
“The Purpose of Details” was the motto of a DETAIL symposium held at the end of September in London. Three well-known architects from Germany and England described the importance of precisely designed construction details for their own work; and the English audience was able to gain an overall picture of present-day architecture in Ger-
many. Till Schneider (below left) gave a fascinating review of the work of Schneider + Schumacher. Andreas Meck (middle) described how he exploits the sensuous qualities of materials to create atmosphere in
architecture. Richard Horden (right) gave a description of his own newly completed house, as well as examples of his micro-
architecture. As someone who commutes between his London office and his professorial duties in Munich, Horden also compared the faster and perhaps more flexible working methods in Britain with the greater deliberation and thoroughness he finds in Germany.
At the same time, the first DETAIL readers’ trip took place. The programme included visits to architectural highlights of the British capital, including a number of brand-new projects. One important aspect of the trip was to gain a glimpse behind the scenes. Architects from the Foster and Rogers practices were present at the Swiss Re and Lloyds buildings to describe their work; and visits to other sites, including the Royal Ballet School bridge and the NatWest Media Centre, were complemented by visits to the respective architects’ offices.