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Essentials to all architecture is an understanding of technical details. In basic terms how the thing keeps dry, warm and stands up, however this should not sacrifice the aesthetics of a building, a balance must be found between the two. I think this roof by Nissen Adams Architects as part of their 2008 conversion for the Philips De Pury & Co Auction House is beautiful. The enchanting part of it is that the iron structure is all original with new double glazed units placed on top to preserve the industrial appearance but with much better insulating qualities. This is no easy feat either with most double glazed units normally housed in large chunky frames which would have destroyed the appearance of such an elegant roof.

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