A-Typical Plan

Projects and Essays on Identity, Flexibility and Atmosphere in the Office Building

Analytical and atmospheric insights into the architecture of the workspace with a deep plan. Featured are buildings and projects by Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Alison & Peter Smithson, SOM, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, MVRDV, SANAA, and others.


Title Information

Edited by Jeannette Kuo

1st edition

, 2013


202 pages, 11 color and 68 b/w illustrations, 8 facsimiles, 137 floor plans and sections

19 x 28.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-906027-09-8


As a typology conceived in the twentieth century, the office building is often the architectural manifestation – not only of global capital, but also of technological might and mass production. But when we think of these buildings, we often think more of objects than of space; more of appearance than of atmosphere. In A-Typical Plan, Jeannette Kuo offers a reversal of the experience, starting from the inside out, and prioritizing space over symbol. In particular, the book reconsiders the deep plan within the European context for a discussion on density, economy and, not least, sustainability.


Featuring buildings by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Kenzo Tange, Giuseppe Terragni, Le Corbusier, SANAA, Herzog & de Meuron, Toyo Ito, Christian Kerez, and many others, A-Typical Plan presents a collection of projects through history that have attempted to bring character to the deep plan as a spatial experience for the workspace. The work features essays by renowned authors, including Iñaki Ábalos, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Andrea Bassi, Florian Idenburg, Jeannette Kuo, Freek Persyn, and Antoine Picon. A conversation with Inès Lamunière and a graphic essay by Jimenez Lai round out the diverse perspectives. A final chapter presents the work of students at the EPFL, with whom this research began. Succinct and beautifully illustrated, A-Typical Plan is a reminder that even buildings created for quotidian uses can be spatially and experientially rich.


Named one of 2013’s Most Beautiful Swiss Books.


Designed by Samuel Bänziger, Bänziger Hug GmbH.

Authors & Editors

Inaki Abalos

Pier Vittorio Aureli

Andrea Bassi

Isabelle Concherio

Florian Idenburg

Rem Koolhaas

Jeannette Kuo

 is a visiting professor at the Ecole Polythéchnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL) and a partner with Karamuk * Kuo Architects in Zürich. She has graduated from University of California, Berkley, and done her masters degree at Harvard University.

Jimenez Lai

Inès Lamunière

Enric Massip-Bosch

Freek Persyn

Dries Rodet

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