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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…

Advantages and Disadvantages of Timber Frame Construction

The timber frame structure of a typical 2 storey semi-detached house can be constructed in approximately 1 week

Clonmore House – Wexford

Re-inventing the traditional farmyard layout.

Building Costs in Ireland 2018

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 2018 construction tender prices are still increasing, this emphasises the importance of budgeting for future construction inflation in feasibility studies and cost plans.

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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A Reminder to Young and Not-So-Young Architects

 

There is something very contemplative about looking back at the reasons why we wanted to be Architects and what guided us throughout our Architecture Education.

The text below dates from 1993, it is a translation from an interview or lecture (?) by renowned Portuguese architect and professor Fernando Távora. It was never meant to be secret but it has been hidden in a folder for 25 years – it is now time to share it as reminder to young (and maybe not so young) Architects.

 

The awareness of an Architecture of excellence, of quality, must always be present in every project. The Architect cannot take insecure positions, the Architect must be aware of his/hers responsibility as creator of a space that it is wanted with quality.

All Architecture must be a construction with quality, a construction of quality spaces because these spaces will shape the human behaviour.

From here we can discuss the education of the Architect; what shall this education consist of for Architecture students…Fernando Távora argues the education of an Architect, or future Architect, cannot lack PASSION, CONFIDENCE and INTENSITY. With wisdom these 3 characteristics must not be abandoned, and this will not be an easy task.

Fernando Tavora 3 characteristics for Architects

The Architect must be passionate about the projects s/he creates, be tireless, and always endeavour that they satisfy the required needs without compromising their quality.

Confidence must be the starting point, the Architect must create roots, must sustain deep reasons about what s/he does, must make sense, not be carried away with the easy success to satisfy the less affirmed taste of his/hers clients.

The intensity is linked to the other two characteristics… the Architect must deliver him/herself intensively to his/her project, and not passively!

 

Fernando Távora participated in several Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) and Team 10 meetings, he became a key person in the modernization of the Porto School. Two of his former students, Álvaro Siza (who also worked in his architecture office) and Eduardo Souto de Moura, have been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

 

 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Timber Frame Construction

 

Advantages of Timber Frame Construction

 

  • Recyclable
  • Renewable

Timber is classified as a renewable material, as the principle holds that if a tree is felled another is planted in its place. As long as this balance is maintained, the supply will be sustainable.

  • Low embodied energy if constructed in local timber
  • Reduced construction waste through efficient controlled manufacturing
  • Low volume of waste on site requiring removal
  • Quick build time

A prefabricated timber frame can be erected on site faster than a comparable brick and block construction. However, timber frames may require additional time for their design and fabrication, which can lead to a longer wait before work begins on site. 

  • Reduced site labour
  • Reduced time to weather the structure
  • Earlier introduction of following trades

The quicker erection time enables interior trades such as plastering and electrical wiring to begin work earlier in the build programme, as the interior will be exposed to weather for less time.

  • Can be built to exceed 60-year design life
  • Energy efficient when constructed to current standards
  • Fast heating due to low thermal mass

Their low thermal mass allows spaces enclosed by timber frames to heat up more quickly than masonry construction, however they will also tend to cool more quickly.

  • Reduced time on site reduces environmental nuisance and disruption to local residents
  • Engineered product
  • Factory controlled quality assurance in fabrication

Off site fabrication can allow higher quality to be achieved.

  • Efficient use of material due to controlled engineering and fabrication
  • Reduced construction time translates into reduced risk exposure

 

Potential Problems with Timber Frame Construction

 

  • Traditional procurement process
  • Additional design and engineering time
  • Modification of general arrangement drawings if based on masonry construction
  • Lack of experienced builders and erection crews
  • Lack of experience of following trades
  • Transportation and carriage access
  • Exposure to weather before enclosed
  • Work of following trades
  • Deficiency of site quality control
  • Combustibility of timber requires vigilant quality control to achieve required fire rating of separating and compartment walls

The fire resistance of timber frame buildings is achieved by a combination of the lining material, the timber structure and the insulation.

Additional fire protection can be given to the frame by the boarding used to clad it and fire stops installed to prevent spread through the cavity.

Recent fire tests commissioned by the Timber Frame Industry and the ITFMA showed that in general a 15mm Type A plasterboard is required to meet the Fire resistance of REI 30 for external walls (see detail).

The risk of fire can be increased if timber frames are not erected correctly, and during construction prior to fire protection being installed.

  • Susceptibility to decay of timber when exposed to excessive moisture

Timber frame structures must include a vapour barrier between the lining of the inner wall and the insulation, to prevent vapour passing through.

  • Acoustics

Timber frame structures may not achieve the same level of sound insulation as concrete or masonry as they are not as dense.

 

Timber Frame – Wall Detail (Service Cavity Wall)

Isabel’s Picks for Summer 2018

 

THE SUN IS SHINING

Forget the grey days

 

Teknos, Aquacoat, Wooden windows, doors, timber cladding, softwoods, hardwoods, engineered and modified timbers, UMBRELLA SUNSHADE WITH SEAT, Paola Lenti, dESIGNER F. Rota, OUTDOOR KITCHEN, Compact Island Outdoor, Estel, POUF, TREE GRILLE, Lab23, LAB.SP.001

 

1. UMBRELLA SUNSHADE WITH SEAT

Manufacturer: Paola Lenti

Designer: F. Rota

Name: Clique

Price range: n/a

Material: Seating – multiplayer wood; stress resistant polyurethane foam; polyester covering. Side table and parasol: coated aluminium.

Available to Ireland from:  Paola Lenti

 

2. TOP COAT FOR WOOD 

Manufacturer: Teknos

Price range: €42/3 litres

Applications: Wooden windows, doors, timber cladding, softwoods, hardwoods, engineered and modified timbers.

Key facts: Water based; Reduced VOC levels; Flexible, durable, micro porous protective film; Resistant to bacterial, mould and UV attack; 3 sheen levels available; Delivered ready for use; Spray or brush application.

Available to Ireland from:  Teknos.co.uk

 

3. OUTDOOR KITCHEN

Manufacturer: Estel

Name: Compact Island Outdoor

Price range: n/a

Material: 100% stainless steel with coated or Acciaio Corten finish. Sliding top: the structure of the sliding top is in powder coated metal with ceramic top.

Key Facts:The sliding worktop allows to access the washing and cooking area, becoming also a useful breakfast table.

Available to Ireland from:  Estel

 

4. POUF

Manufacturer: Paola Lenti

Designer: F. Rota

Name: Otto

Price range: n/a

Material: Structure: padded with polystyrene spheres encased in polyester fabric. Upholstery: removable cover in Rope cord sewn with a spiral-like pattern.

Available to Ireland from: Paola Lenti

 

5. TREE GRILLE

Manufacturer: Lab23

Name: LAB.SP.001

Price range: n/a

Material: Powder coated steel.

Available to Ireland from: Lab23

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