Structure as Architecture presents a comprehensive analysis of the indispensable role of structure in architecture. An exploration, as well as a celebration, of structure, the book draws on a series of design studies and case study examples to illustrate how structure can be employed to realize a wide range of concepts in contemporary architecture. By examining design principles that relate to both architecture and structural engineering, Andrew Charleson provides new insights into the relationship between both the technical and aesthetic aspects of architecture.

Now in its second edition, the text has been extensively revised and updated throughout. Features include:

  • A brand new chapter on hidden structure, adding to the material on exposed structures
  • Two new chapters on using structure to realise common architectural concepts through a combination of precedents and creative design
  • Over 50 new case studies from across the globe
  • Easy-to-understand diagrams and a highly visual design to aid understanding and accessibility

More than two hundred case studies of contemporary buildings from countries such as the UK, the US, France, Germany, Spain, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan illustrate how a thorough integration of structure adds layers of richness and enhances the realisation of architectural design concepts.

chapter one|5 pages


chapter two|8 pages

Two building studies

chapter four|22 pages

Building exterior

chapter five|21 pages

Building function

chapter six|22 pages

Interior structure

chapter seven|19 pages

Structural detailing

chapter eight|20 pages

Structure and light

chapter nine|16 pages

Representation and symbolism

chapter ten|14 pages

Hidden structure

chapter eleven|27 pages

Expressing architectural concepts

chapter twelve|26 pages

Facilitating architectural qualities

chapter thirteen|3 pages