Most conservation challenges are complex and many difficult challenges have arisen during the Works. Isabel Barros Architects are proud to have achieved a fantastic result through good collective teamwork and strict budget control.
The site presents a number of challenges, including a house over 150 years old, the proximity to a Special Area of Conservation (River Nore), the existing topography, and so on…
Good or bad! Your Architect wants to hear from you. Your Architect wants to know if you are happy with his/her services, how can he/she improve or if there is a better way to do things.
Useful information to guide you on the costs for your construction project in Ireland. This will help you to estimate an approximate figure for your building costs.
In 2017 the Irish economy will continue to recover but a shortage of skilled labour has lead to an upward trend in tender levels.
Covering external walls with ceramic tiles is a Portuguese tradition with at least 500 years. The new MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) in Lisbon took this tradition one step further and used 15,000 wall tiles to cover its walls.
LIGHT IS THE SPIRIT
Let it shine through you
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Material: Pre weathered zinc – Pigmento Autumn Red.
Applications: Roofing and façade systems.
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CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design. CAD software has been widely used by Architects to create two-dimensional (2D) drawings or three-dimensional (3D) models.
It was in the early 90s when I started using CAD software (possibly AutoCAD R10 !) but things were very different before CAD.
The drawings were done by hand using technical pens/Rotring rapidograph pens on tracing paper. Some examples below.
Mistakes or changes were painful to correct. The ink had to be rubbed off or scraped with a blade, then the tracing paper to be made smooth again and then new lines could be drawn (if we were lucky enough not to make a hole in the paper!).
Patterns had to be cut to size from a special pattern sheet.
Letters and numbers were done using template letters rulers like the ones below.
Curves and symbols were done with template stencils.
The all design process was very time consuming and our necks suffered immensely, but the end result was somehow a piece of art.
What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger,
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Churches in Ireland retain a considerable significance, they are often the most prominent buildings in their locality and possess architectural, historical and social significance.
Many churches have become neglected or abandoned. And many have suffered from incorrect repairs that were done most of the times with the best of intentions.
How many churches are falling down we don’t know but we know what can be done to avoid further damage:
- Do use experts. When it comes to repairing a church building getting the right advice is very important. Churches can be amongst the most complex of historic building types and the nature of their conservation often requires specialist advice. It is a false economy not to get proper advice before carrying out work. Bad repair works can be difficult and expensive to undo and can damage a building in the long-term.
- Do repair the parts of the building that need it. Remember, an aim of good conservation works is to do as much as necessary, yet as little as possible.
- Do make sure appropriate materials and repair techniques are used.
- Do make sure all interventions are reversible and where appropriate visually identifiable.
- Do identify and understand the reason for failure before undertaking repairs.
- Don’t over do it. Remember, minimal intervention should be the aim.
- Do engage tradespeople with skills in traditional building methods or experienced conservation professionals.
The primary aim of conservation is to prolong the life of something of value. Churches provide unique evidence of our past, they are witnesses to centuries of worship, architectural skill and community history. Let’s do what we can to avoid seeing churches falling down.
Isabel Barros is a RIAI registered Architect accredited in Conservation at Grade 3, please contact us today if you need assistance with your Church project. We can also help in the procurement of grant funding to assist with repair and/or maintenance works.
Recommended reading: Old Buildings: Why Things Go Wrong