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REVIEW - Building Simply Edited by Christian Schittich. Birkhäuser, 2005. 176pp. £42

Featuring work in timber, concrete, steel, brick and stone, Building Simply presents 25 projects - originally published in the magazine Detail - which exemplify simplicity of form or simplicity of construction (usually both) and 'attempt to break the mould of normality using intelligence and care'. In this they succeed. Mostly smallscale but well-chosen and varied in function - houses, workshops, a cultural centre, a cemetery, a landing stage at the harbour in Alicante - they are presented in photographs, brief but technically based texts and legible detail drawings.

Prefatory essays examine uses of the featured materials, with an emphasis on construction methods. The result is a goodlooking practical manual.

Pictured is a house in Chur by Patrick Gartmann.

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