Moscow: Izd. Vsesoiuznoi akademii arhitektury, 1938. 204 pp.: ill. 25,5x18,5 cm. In original full-cloth with colored lettering. Rubbed and slightly soiled, spots on some margins.
First and only edition. One of 4000 copies.
This is the earliest Soviet book on balconies as a regular and important element of contemporary housing construction. The authors analyzed Soviet houses, among European ones, and supplemented text with 240 photographs, drawings and schemes. The first part is devoted to a balcony as an element of architecture. The second part is written about materials used, features of construction and calculations.
Going away from constructivist solutions, the 1930s architects focused on not geometrical concrete structure but baluster or metal fence. Relatively, two types of balcony railing dominated those years. For example, metal lattices were designed by architect Burov for a house on Gorky (Tverskaya) street and Zholtovsky chose more monumental balusters for post-constructivist living building on Mokhovaya street. The authors placed the classification of balconies stressing their impact on composition. As they mentioned, this component was often used to bring a certain image or make an accent. An architect Rosenfeld gathered balconies in the center of Moscow building on Kropotkinskaya street to make the contrast with laconic surface of the facade around. An architect Shchuko designed vertical stacks of balconies on the wall of Leningrad building on Kirov street. The book also features works by Belogrud, Zhiliardi, Fomin, Iokheles, etc.
VKhUTEIN graduate Mikhail Tupolev (1903-1975) wrote a number of architectural textbooks, among them is another co-work with Iury Rubinstein, ‘Architecture and Structure of Bay Windows’.
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