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- DescriptionThe East German engineer Ulrich Muther contributed an important chapter to the European history of shell construction. In 1963 he created the first concrete shell as the realisation of his diploma project in the former GDR. His career of the more than 30 years saw many milestones. Ulrich Muther realised his pioneering shell constructions in his homeland on the island of Rugen, in and around Rostock and in other parts of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. This book alternates between a classical architecture guide and an almost archaeological inventory. It furnishes a well founded insight into the euphoric belief in progress that attended the building boom of the sixties and seventies. All the relevant objects in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania have been assembled in one publication for the first time. The buildings are portrayed with the aid of current photographs, plans, texts and project information. Survey maps and addresses facilitate on-site visits. With articles by Michael Wagner and Rahel Lammler, Prof. Arch. Georg Giebeler, Prof. Dr. Massimo Laffranchi.
- Author BiographyUlrich Muther was born on July 21st, 1934 in Binz on the island of Rugen. At 17 Muther began his training as an engineer at the engineering school in Neustrelitz where he acquired his first knowledge of statics and engineering. During his studies in Dresden Muther directed his attention to shell constructions made of concrete. In 1963 he realised the idea in his final paper in the form of a roof for the multi-purpose hall of the vacation home, Haus der Stahlwerker (House of the Steelworkers) in Binz. It is considered the first hypar shell structure made of reinforced concrete in the GDR. With the construction of the hall for the Baltic Sea Fair in Rostock Schutow in 1966, Muther layed the foundation stone for his continued success and began to attract the attention of professional circles within the GDR. In the sixties and seventies Muther's shell constructions provided the ideal architectural touch for the new socialist Germany as a foil to West Germany. The minimal deployment of materials that were scarce to begin with fit in perfectly in the context of the generally promoted rationalisation in construction.
- Author(s)Michael Wagner,Rahel Lammler,Ulrich Muther
- PublisherNiggli Verlag
- Date of Publication01/01/2010
- Place of PublicationSulgen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintNiggli Verlag
- Content Note41 b&w, 40 col
- Weight210 g
- Width135 mm
- Height170 mm
- Spine10 mm
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