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Time to Design and Plan

This post is written as we experience the Great Lockdown – this is nothing ever experienced in the history of humanity as we try to stop the already 155,000 deaths worldwide caused by this new virus and disease.

Our kids have been out of school and locked at home for 5 weeks. We have been forced to work from home for the last 3 weeks. We have seen the full spectrum of emotions everywhere and anywhere. Life goes on slowly as we adapt to this new way of living.

The uncertainty is big and it is surrounded by many questions that do not have answers. Uncertainty is a difficult thing to bear. But let’s focus on things that are certain:

  • New treatments and potentially a vaccine for Covid-19 are quickly developing.
  • This storm will pass – we will get through this.

This is the time to PLAN.

It is in moments like these that the best ideas are born. We are working hard in all our projects that are not yet on site.

A big part of any construction project is spent in designing and planning for construction. The graphic below shows how designing and planning can easily take more than 50% of the overall time in a typical construction project.

Typical construction project life cycle IS: 15883
(Source: ‘A Handbook for Construction Project Planning and Scheduling’ by Virendra Kumar Paul, Chaitali Basu)

If you consider the time that it takes to actually start construction work on site, you may realise that the decision to start the project should not be postponed. Most Architect’s offices have their staff working from home and are available to assist and connect with you through a variety of different platforms.

This is the time to PLAN! Let’s get the ball rolling.

Get in touch with us by email at office@isabelbarrosarchitects.ie or phone 053 916 8942.

Isabel’s Picks for Spring 2020

CHALLENGING TIMES AHEAD

Stay safe, stay at home

Isabel Picks for Spring 2020 - Isabel Barros Architects Wexford.OFFICE WORKSTATION, Fantoni, Hug, WALL HOOKS, Schönbuch,Studio Taschide, Cut wall hooks, BASIN TAP, Hansgrohe, PuraVida Single lever basin mixer 110,  Tubs & Tiles, PLANT BOX, Ferm Living

1. OFFICE WORKSTATION

Brand: Fantoni

Collection: Hug

Price range: n/a

Features: The Hug lounge collection expands with a system of sofas and modular pods, available in a variety of configurations to provide small, cosy spaces that are discreet and soundproof, in which to work, chat, communicate or relax. The sofas are fitted with USB ports, and the accessorizable tops with multi-sockets. The screens are sound absorbing.

Available to Ireland from: Fantoni UK

2. WALL HOOKS

Brand: Schönbuch

Designer: Studio Taschide

Name: Cut

Price range: from €43

Material: Solid wood

Available to Ireland from: Schönbuch 

3. BASIN TAP

Brand: Hansgrohe

Series: PuraVida

Name: PuraVida Single lever basin mixer 110

Price range: from €313

Key features: Laminar spray. Swiveling spray former. Flow rate at 3 bar: 5 l/min. Joystick ceramic cartridge. Suitable for continuous flow water heaters. Available in Chrome/White.

Material: Surfaces – Chrome.

Available in Ireland from:  Tubs & Tiles 

4. PLANT BOX

Brand: Ferm Living

Name: Plant Box

Price range: €199

Material: Powder coated metal.

Key features: Suitable for outdoor use. The Plant Box can be used for decoration all over the house, as temporary storage in the hallway or as a divider to create cosy corners in larger rooms. They are suitable for flowers, plants, books, toys and magazines – or maybe a little of each. 

Available to Ireland from: Ferm Living

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Context note – The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on the 11th of March 2020.

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

Recommended measures to prevent infection include frequent hand washing, maintaining distance from others (social distancing), and keeping hands away from the face.

Irish Women Receive the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara were awarded the 2020 Pritzker Prize. It is the first time that two female architects receive this prestigious prize. They make the 2nd and 3rd Pritzker awardees to have been graduated from UCD – University College Dublin, Ireland.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates

The Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded annually to honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.

Universita Luigi Bocconi, 2008, Milan, Italy

The pair established Grafton Architects in 1978 in Dublin, where they continue to practice and reside. In just over forty years, they have completed nearly as many projects, located in Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Peru.

Offices for the Department of Finance, 2009, Dublin, Ireland

Farrell and McNamara have designed and built several schools and architectural works for institutions and universities. They have won many international competitions and awards.

University Campus UTEC Lima, 2015, Lima, Peru

Their buildings consistently remain purposefully rich, yet modest, enhancing cities and lending to sustainability while responding to local needs.

Offices for the Department of Finance, 2009, Dublin, Ireland

As architects and educators since the 1970s, Farrell and McNamara create spaces that are at once respectful and new, honoring history while demonstrating a mastery of the urban environment and craft of construction. Balancing strength and delicacy, and upholding a reverence of site specific contexts, their academic, civic and cultural institutions, as well as housing developments, result in modern and impactful works that never repeat or imitate, but are decidedly of their own architectural voice.

Solstice Arts Centre, 2007, Navan, Co. Meath,Ireland

Their approach to architecture is always honest, revealing an understanding of the processes of design and construction from large scale structures to the smallest details.

UL President’s House, 2010, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

The architects are continuously conscious of the dialogue between the internal and external, evidenced by the mingling of public and private spaces, and the meaningful selection and integrity of materials.

For their integrity in their approach to both their buildings, as well as the way they conduct their practice, their belief in collaboration, their generosity towards their colleagues, especially as evidenced in such events as the 2018 Venice Biennale, their unceasing commitment to excellence in architecture, their responsible attitude toward the environment, their ability to be cosmopolitan while embracing the uniqueness of each place in which they work, for all these reasons and more, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are awarded the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Pritzker Architecture Prize, Jury Citation
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