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Brandon House Hotel Returns to its Full Glory

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.

River House – Kilkenny

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…

Irish Construction Costs 2017

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.

The 15,000 Tile Building

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.

The Secret Guide to Deal with Architects – Take 10

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.

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Re-Use and Re-Adaptation of Churches – 3 Irish Examples

 

These Irish examples offer a positive approach for re-imagining historic buildings while following best conservation practices.

Introducing change into the historic built environment requires sensitivity and high standards of design. Often it is necessary to find an appropriate use in order to prevent a building’s decay or destruction, this being one of the hardest problems to solve in the practice of architectural conservation.

The creative challenge is to find appropriate ways to satisfy the requirements of a structure to be safe, durable and useful on the one hand, and to retain its character and special interest on the other.

Rehabilitation has social, cultural and economic advantages. Social, in that people and towns keep their identity; cultural, in that artistic, architectural, archaeological and documentary values can be preserved both for their intrinsic value and their contribution to the identity of the town; economic, in that (a) existing capital is used, (b) energy is saved, (c) demolition costs are avoided, and (d) the existing infrastructure of roads and services is utilized. (B. Feilden, 2003)

 

The following are good examples of adaptive reuse in Ireland.

 

St. Mary’s Abbey, Kilkenny

Conversion to Museum – McCullough Mulvin Architects

 

 

St. Luke’s Church, Dublin

Conversion to Offices (on site Oct. 2017) – DTA Architects & Carrig Conservation Consultants

Existing Section

Proposed Section

 

 

 

 

St. Jame’s Church, Dublin / Pearse Lyons Distillery

Conversion to Distillery – TOTP Architects & Carrig Conservation Consultants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabel’s Picks for Autumn 2017

WISHING FOR PEACE

Relax and feel grateful

 

 

Isabel's Autumn Picks 2017, Vzor Armchair, AROMA DIFFUSER, Pollmeier,BauBuche, abbeywoods, Sembla, door handle, Ultrafabrics lever handle, Allgood

 

 

 

1. ARMCHAIR

Brand: Vzor

Designer: Professor Roman Modzelewski

Name: RM58 Soft Armchair

Price range: from €780

Key facts: Available in a wide range of colours (Camira Synergy fabrics).

Available to Ireland from:  eporta.

 

2. AROMA DIFFUSER  

Product Name: Scented Oil Diffuser

Price range: €34.39

Material: PP/ABS (plastic)

Key Features: Operates quietly under 35 decibels. Generates vapor without heat, which best preserves the integrity of the essential oil. 7 colourful dimmable LED light.

Available to Ireland from:  HappyNesty

 

3. FLOORING

Manufacturer: Pollmeier

Name: BauBuche

Price range: n/a

Material: Beech

Key Facts: With only razor thin glued joints in between the veneer, layers are precisely fit into one another. The flooring is very robust and extremely hard (Brinell hardness HB = 38,2 N/mm2).

Available in Ireland from:  Abbeywoods

 

4. DOOR HANDLE

Brand: Sembla

Product name: 3623UF Sembla Ultrafabrics lever handle

Price range: n/a

Available to Ireland from: Allgood plc

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The 15,000 Tile Building

 

 

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 3D wall tiles to cover its walls.

 

 

Traditional Portuguese tiles ('azulejos')

Traditional Portuguese tiles

 

The MAAT tiles were manufactured in Barcelona by the same company that worked with Antoni Gaudí, and it’s still working in ‘La Sagrada Família’.

Wall tiles, MAAT Lisbon

Wall tiles, MAAT Lisbon

 

The 60cm high tiles are hollow to reduce the weight. The architect says they will (intentionally) start cracking very soon.

 

Some interesting facts about MAAT:

  • 15,000 hexagonal wall tiles cover the building.
  • The tiles are mechanically fixed.
  • Designed by Amanda Levete Architects by direct invitation.
  • The Museum Director is an Architect – Pedro Gadanho (former MoMA curator).
  • 420 m2 of minimal frame windows – PanoramAH system.
  • The central gallery has an oval shape and it is below the river level.
  • Construction cost: €20 million.
  • Construction cost per m²: €2,702. (Gross internal floor area 7,400m²).
  • It is possible to walk over the roof.
  • Owned by the Portuguese electricity and gas provider EDP.

15,000 wall tiles cover the MAAT’s walls

 

It is possible to walk over the MAAT’s roof.

 

 

Visit MAAT’s website here.

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