A-Typical Plan
Projects and essays on Identity, Flexibility and Atmosphere in the Office Building
Edited by Jeannette Kuo, Dries Rodet, Isabelle Concherio


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As a typology conceived in the twentieth century, the office building is often the architectural manifestation not only of global capital, but also of technological and mass production. But when we think of these buildings, we often think more of objects than of space; more of appearance than of atmosphere. These are analytical and atmospheric insights into the architecture of the workspace with a deep plan.

Architecture, Theory / History / Criticism
In A-Typical Plan, Jeannette Kuo offers a reversal of the experience, starting from the inside out, and prioritizing space over symbol. The book reconsiders the deep plan within the European context for a discussion on density, economy and, not least, sustainability. Featuring buildings by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Kenzo Tange, Giuseppe Terragni, Le Corbusier, Herzog & de Meuron, and many others, A-Typical Plan presents a collection of projects through history that have attempted to bring character to the deep plan as a spatial experience for the workspace. The work features essays by renowned authors, including Iñaki Ábalos, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Andrea Bassi, among others, and a reprint of Rem Koolhaas's text"Typical Plan". A conversation with Inès Lamunière and a graphic essay by Jimenez Lai round out the diverse perspectives. Succinct and beautifully illustrated, A-Typical Plan is a reminder that even buildings created for quotidian uses can be spatially and experientially rich.

Jeannette Kuo is a founding partner of Karamuk*Kuo Architects in Zürich. She is currently also Assistant Professor-in-Practice at Harvard GSD and has taught as a visiting professor at EPFL's School of Architecture 2011–14.


11 color, 68 b/w ill., 8 facsimiles, 137 floor plans and sections.

202 pages, 224 illustrations
Paperback, 19x28.5 cm
Park Books, 1st edition 2013
ISBN 9783906027098