Hebelstabwerke / Reciprocal Frameworks

Udo Thönnissen
Hebelstabwerke / Reciprocal Frameworks
Tradition und Innovation / Tradition and Innovation

2015. 22.5 x 25.5 cm, softcover with flap
232 pages, 234 illustrations
ISBN 978-3-85676-344-2
CHF 48.00 / EUR 46.00
Text in German and English

Foreword by Annette Spiro
Designed by Bruno Margreth


The fascination of reciprocal frameworks lies in the effortlessness and lightness
 of their seemingly interwoven elements. The diversity of the forms and patterns of these constructions are created by an interaction of mutually supporting member – a technique already exploited by master builders hundreds of years ago. The history of this load­bearing principle, which is little known today but stretches from Renaissance master architects such as Leonardo da Vinci right up to current architectural practice. In addition, the publication provides an insight into the principle’s intrinsic system, and provides examples of how it is possible using digital tools to expand the current applicational fields of reciprocal frameworks.