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Roof Structures

DETAIL 1-2/2021

2021 will be an exciting year in many ways. In celebration of Detail’s 60th birthday, we have many surprises planned – for both our print and online publications. Our first highlight is the Detail Prize and its winners. The international jury for our award, which is issued every two years, opted for two main prizes and one university prize. The Readers’ Prize winner – a project in India – was selected through an online voting process. That and the other prize-winning buildings and their architects are introduced in this issue. The award ceremony will take place on 28. January and live-streamed on our website – we invite you to join us!

To kick off the new year, our January-February issue focuses on a classic construction topic: roof structures. We take a look at clever shed roofs, modular timber constructions, and roof structures that bring daylight into the interior. In our Technology section, the planners at Lüchinger+Meyer explain the effort that went into engineering the sophisticated structure and facade of the new Audemars Piguet museum in Switzerland. The new building was designed by BIG as a double spiral with load-bearing glass facades and green roofs.

60 years of Detail
60 years ago, the first edition of Detail was published. Since its founding in 1961, Detail has published 458 issues and documented over 5,700 projects from all over the world. Over the years, building technologies and methods have changed dramatically. Detail has continuously accompanied these developments, showing their application in building structures and construction details. But the striking lettering used for the title on the magazine’s cover remaines the same to this day. Since 2003 it also adorns the cover of our Chinese licensed edition. Detail is now sold in 80 countries worldwide, and some 54,000 architects read every issue. In 1974, the first Detail Manual was published. In the 2010s, Edition Detail was launched to publish our German and English-language specialist books in print and as e-books.

Not only architecture, but also Detail has made a quantum leap forward in these 60 years. The subscription of the Detail Inspiration digital database was added to our website. It is an ongoing compilation of our project documentations dating back six decades, and is available on a subscription basis. Detail has evolved into an international platform, bundling expertise and providing the international architecture community with news, also on social media.

You, dear readers, have accompanied us over all these years. We appreciate your trust as much as that of our industry partners. Together in our anniversary year, we want to envision the future of architecture, but also take stock of the past. In each issue and on we will be presenting special treasures from our archives. At we will be collecting greetings from all over the world – including as videos or podcasts – and will keep you informed about all our planned activities, congresses and our big anniversary issue in June 2021.
We look forward to celebrating 60 years of architecture with you – looking back and looking forward. All the best for 2021!

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