Issue 5.2023


Back when urban flaneurs still approached buildings from a pedestrian point of view, the facade was seen as the face of a building, informing its identity. Roof design was secondary – though its importance was meant to be rehabilitated by its description as the “fifth facade”. But that perspective has changed, at the latest since the introduction of Google Earth and the spread of camera drones. Now the top view, i.e. the roof, is often the first impression we have of buildings. In this issue, we show far less spectacular examples with one thing in common: they engage in dialogue with historic roofs. Frank Kaltenbach

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