Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects/Knowlton Hall

Source Books in Architecture 6

Todd Gannon

     8 × 9 in (20.3 × 22.9 cm)
160 pages
200 color illustrations, 80 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 10/1/2005
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568985213

Some buildings are famous. Others deserve to be, but in their modesty remain satisfied to stand simply as excellent works of architecture. Such is the case with Ohio State University School of Architecture' recently completed Knowlton Hall. Designed by the internationally respected firm Mack Scogin Merrill Elam, Knowlton manages to project both a monumental physicality and a sense of subdued elegance.

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects/Knowlton Hall provides a comprehensive look at this impressive new work using sketches, models, renderings, working drawings, and photographs. As with all of the books in the Source Books in Architecture series, it is accompanied by commentaries from the architects and critics who explore both the technical and contextual elements of the work.

Todd Gannon is a lecturer in architectural theory and design at the Knowlton School of Architecture.

Reader Comments

A Thorough Book That Does A Building Justice (rating 5 out of 5):
In late January I visited the new Knowlton Hall building at Ohio State and blogged my opinions about the building. At the time, I wasn't impressed with the building. Leave it to a concise book about Knowlton Hall put out by The Ohio State University to have me reconsidering my line of thought. The book, which is part of the Source Books in Architecture Series, follows the development of the building from the sketches to the models to the numerous school reviews (I remember these from my undergrad years there) to the implementation of the design. Source Books In Architecture 6: Knowlton Hall is perhaps the most thorough book written to date that documents the process of the building, the challenges, and the result. Editor Todd Gannon neatly compiles the interview session with Mack Scogin with the imagery of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam's models and beautifully captured drawings that are of the same caliber as those of Richard Meier, early Eisenman, or even Piranesi (that may be a stretch). While the process is remarkable, the book also succeeds in bringing attention to Mack Scogin Merrill Elam's plight of combining multiple disciplines of the architecture school (architecture, landscape, and urban planning) with the faculty, library, and various resources in a hybrid environment which integrates each piece with another. Lastly, while I still have my own opinions about Knowlton Hall, many of them have changed or are now refined. The building is a decent piece of modern architecture that may be considered a capstone for an architect's brilliant career (or a starting point for an inspiring phase of their work) and this book does both - Knowlton Hall and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam - justice.
- R M Donaldson from Cleveland, Ohio (10/20/2005)

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