Reading: Firewall

This is my favorite reading on building envelope. It was written by William Sherman, a practicing architect and professor at the University of Virginia, who also designed the  UVA School of Architecture’s recent south addition. It’s also a good complement to your Arch 342 reading “Envelope as a Selective Filter.” We will discuss in class on Wednesday.

Download Firewall.

Sherman’s south addition to UVA’s School of Architecture embodies his “manifesto.” His portfolio for the project is notable not only for the beauty of the architecture, but also for his clear writing about the design intent behind this building–it’s a good example as you clarify your own design intent.

Download South Addition portfolio.

As a complement to Sherman’s South Addition, I present W.G. Clark’s East Addition. Pay attention to how Clark, in his own way, also turns the wall into an experiential and communicative space.

Download East Addition portfolio.



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