Crafting the Façade

Crafting the Façade

Stone, Brick, Wood

A handbook of innovative concepts for design and construction of building façades



Title Information

Edited by Urs Meister, Machiel Spaan, and Carmen Rist-Stadelmann

1st edition

, 2018


160 pages, 251 color and 73 b/w illustrations

20 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-101-2


Over the course of three years, the Institute of Architecture and Planning at the University of Liechtenstein, the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, and the Academie van Bouwkunst, Amsterdam, cooperated on an international research project dedicated to the design of façades.

Crafting the Façade presents the results of this productive cooperative study, which cut across disciplines to look at historical developments in the design and building of façades, the theoretical underpinnings that can explain these developments, the common materials and their main characteristics, and the techniques used in assembly. The project also prompted a great deal of innovative design work, including detailed drawings at a scale of 1:10 and the design and construction of life-size prototypes in stone, brick, and wood—all of which are reproduced here among the book’s two hundred illustrations. Through their leadership roles with the project, editors Urs Meister, Carmen Rist-Stadelmann, and Machiel Spaan also reflect in Crafting the Façade on the learning processes that emerged from the project and offer guidance and resources for others looking to delve into this topic in depth.

With texts by Inge Beckel, Clarissa Frommelt, Alan Hooper, Anne Isopp, Indira van't Klooster, Kathy Li, Ronald MacInnes, Robert Mantho, Urs Meister, Arjen Oosterman, Carmen Rist-Stadelmann, Marko Sauer, Stefan Sohler, Machiel Spaan, and Sally Stewart.


Also available:

Crafting Wood. Structure and Expression

Authors & Editors

Inge Beckel

Clarissa Frommelt

Alan Hooper

Anne Isopp

Indira van't Klooster

Kathy Li

Ronald MacInnes

Robert Mantho

Urs Meister

  is a partner with Käferstein & Meister Architects in Zurich and professor of design and construction at the University of Liechtenstein.

Arjen Oosterman

Carmen Rist-Stadelmann

 is an architect and a lecturer at the University of Liechtenstein.

Marko Sauer

Stefan Sohler

Machiel Spaan

 teaches at the Academie van Bouwkunst and is a partner with M3H Architects, Amsterdam.

Sally Stewart