Simple Forms of Construction
Complex building forms usually require elaborate detailing. But a building with a simpler appearance may also be the result of a careful planning process.
Simple forms of construction manifest themselves in many different ways. Students from Munich are learning to develop projects for Africa which they then erect in Africa with local workers. The Norwegian architects Rintala Eggertsson designed huts for ecotourism in India – huts that can also be used by local people as dwellings.
In Western countries, however, strict building regulations make it virtually impossible to create minimal buildings of this kind. Here, low-cost schemes call for an appropriate form of construction and a compact volume. Even so, sophisticated architecture is still possible under these circumstances, as the examples in this issue of DETAIL show.