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Deep Veils | Erik L'Heureux | 9781941806340 | ORO Editions

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Deep Veils

Auteur:Erik L'Heureux

Uitgever:ORO Editions

ISBN: 978-1-941806-34-0

  • Paperback
  • Engels
  • 336 pagina's
  • 15 dec. 2014

'Deep Veils' is an elegant and intelligent book on one of the most essential and controversial subjects in architecture: enclosures, walls, and facades. Traced through a series of texts and projects located in the hot and wet tropics, Deep Veils explores the interrogations that every architect has when designing the envelope; combing performance, experience, and material to calibrate and construct the facade.

The book Deep Veils'' is an architecture monograph on veils, thickness, and envelopes in architecture as a counter narrative to transparency, openness, and clarity that underpin orthodox Modern architecture. The book features ten small projects completed in South East Asia between 2007-2012 that explore various architectural ideas under the rubric of “deep veils”. Each project responds to questions of envelope, surface, skin, form, atmosphere, perception and topicality.

The projects represented within the book define in various ways how deep veils in architecture are manifest utilizing opaque and solid materials to produce forms of translucency, depth, and hazy atmospheres. Traced through the artistic legacies of Gertrud Arndt to Optical Art, the architectural theories of Gottfried Semper, Adolf Loos, and the work of Le Corbusier, Kahn, and Durell Stone, a new direction for architecture, perception, and thickness is put forth. Exquisitely crafted drawings lay clear the thinking behind each of the works in exploded axonometric and worm’s eye views. Beautifully shot photographs depict the complexity the projects while various texts highlight the theoretical underpinnings of the architectural thesis.

'Deep Veils' is an elegant and intelligent book on one of the most essential and controversial subjects in architecture: enclosures, walls, and facades. Traced through a series of texts and projects located in the hot and wet tropics, Deep Veils explores the interrogations that every architect has when designing the envelope; combing performance, experience, and material to calibrate and construct the facade.

The book Deep Veils'' is an architecture monograph on veils, thickness, and envelopes in architecture as a counter narrative to transparency, openness, and clarity that underpin orthodox Modern architecture. The book features ten small projects completed in South East Asia between 2007-2012 that explore various architectural ideas under the rubric of “deep veils”. Each project responds to questions of envelope, surface, skin, form, atmosphere, perception and topicality.

The projects represented within the book define in various ways how deep veils in architecture are manifest utilizing opaque and solid materials to produce forms of translucency, depth, and hazy atmospheres. Traced through the artistic legacies of Gertrud Arndt to Optical Art, the architectural theories of Gottfried Semper, Adolf Loos, and the work of Le Corbusier, Kahn, and Durell Stone, a new direction for architecture, perception, and thickness is put forth. Exquisitely crafted drawings lay clear the thinking behind each of the works in exploded axonometric and worm’s eye views. Beautifully shot photographs depict the complexity the projects while various texts highlight the theoretical underpinnings of the architectural thesis.


Erik L’Heureux is an American architect and educator. His design work explores architectural surfaces, skins and envelops as they interact with an increasingly warming climate. He is an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore and previously taught at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union in New York City. He was a co-curator for the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2010 and has published award winning design work and written articles in numerous journals and books. He is a licensed architect in New York State and the State of Rhode Island. Erik is also a LEEDBD+C Accredited Professional and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.


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