The twelve books of Christmas for Architectural Ironmongery

  • 22 Dec 2015

The countdown to the twelve days of Christmas has begun. For those still struggling to find that perfect gift for the architectural ironmonger in their life, GAI has produced a list of the best yule-tide page turners, guaranteed to bring some festive delight through the first twelve days and beyond.

Architectural Ironmongery: Specifiers Handbook for Inclusive Design

First published by RIBA Publishing in 2005, Architectural Ironmongery provides a detailed insight into the various aspects of door ironmongery. The book offers a practical guide to help specifiers understand the various types of architectural ironmongery available, the factors which contribute to design and specification, as well as the related legislation, building regulations and standards.

1000 Architectural Details: A Selection of the World’s Most Interesting Building Elements – Alex Sanchez Vidiella

1000 Architectural Details - Alex Sanchez Vidiella

1000 Architectural Details was first published in Canada in 2012. The book is a reference catalogue to the various structural features of buildings and uses photography and drawings to show function meets form to create stunning pieces of architecture.

BRE Building Elements: Walls, Windows and Doors – H W Harrison and R C de Vekey

BRE Building Elements - H W Harrison & R C de Vekey

BRE Building Elements is a practical advice guide first published in 2006 by BRE Press. It provides advice on the main vertical and external elements of buildings, including separating walls, partitions and internal doors.

Scale: Open / Close: Windows, Doors, Gates, Loggias, Filters – Anette Hochberg, Jan-Henrik Hafke and Joachim Raab

Scale Open Close - Anette Hochberg, Jan-Henrik Hafke & Joachim Raab

Published in Switzerland in 2009, Scale provides architects and architectural students with the practical skills and knowledge necessary in regard to openings.

Illustrated Guide to Door Hardware: Design, Specification, Selection – Scott Tobias

Illustrated Guide to Door Hardware Design, Specification, Selection - Scott Tobias

The Illustrated Guide to Door Hardware compiles all the relevant information regards the design, specification and crafting of door hardware. The book was first published in the USA in May this year.

Architectural Hardware: Ideas, Inspiration and Practical Advice for Adding Handles, Hinges, Knobs and Pulls to Your Home – Nancy Berry

Architectural Hardware - Nancy Berry

First published in the USA in 2006, Architectural Hardware focuses on all aspects of incorporating architectural hardware into the home; covering history, styles, finishes, tips from the pros, how-to projects and room-by-room hardware design.

In addition, Architectural Hardware provides useful information on what to look for when shopping for hardware and basic step-by-step installations.

The Elements of Style: An Encyclopedia of Domestic Architectural Detail – Stephen Calloway

The Elements of Style - Stephen Calloway

The Elements of Style is a guide to the various features appropriate for each section of a building. Sections covered include all of the major components such as doors, windows, walls, floors, ceilings, staircases and door hardware.

Build Like a Pro Windows and Doors: Expert Advice from Start to Finish – Scott McBride

Build Like a Pro Windows and Doors - Scott McBride

Published in the USA in 2002, Build Like a Pro is a guide which covers all aspects of prepping, fitting and adjusting various types of doors and windows with step-by-step instructions.

Architect’s Pocket Book – C Baden-Powell, A Ross and J Hetreed

Architect's Pocket Book - C Baden-Powell, A Ross & J Hetreed

Published in 2011, Architect’s Pocket Book includes a wide range of information that architects can utilise on a daily basis. The pocket book includes details on a number of essential tasks, including complying with building regulations, planning and detailing.

Basics: Facade Apertures – Roland Krippner and Florian Musso

Basics Facade Apertures - Roland Krippner & Florian Musso

Published in Switzerland in 2007, Basics: Façade Apertures focuses on the design of façade openings, in particular windows but the same principles can be applied when designing doors.

Windows: History, Repair and Conservation – Michael Tutton and Elizabeth Hirst

Windows History, Repair and Conservation - Michael Tutton & Elizabeth Hirst

Published in 2007, this is a comprehensive guide to the history and conservation of windows. Features advice from conservation practitioners and historians.

Dezeen Book of Interviews – Marcus Fairs

Dezeen Book of Interviews  - Marcus Fairs

Published in 2014, Dezeen Book of Interviews features conversations with 45 leading figures in architecture and design from around the world. It features some of the most talented and inspiring people from the global design scene that have been interviewed by online architecture and design magazine Dezeen over the years.

This selection of books offers something for every architectural ironmonger, from an inspiring glimpse at the world’s best architectural pieces to practical guides on windows, doors and architectural ironmongery.

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