Tarig House Kuala Lumpur

Subject Throughout the whole of South-East Asia, ori the Pacific rim, from Indonesia to Burma, from Thailand to the Philippines, there is a uniform, traditional style of architecture with only slight regional variations. Its character is mainly determined by the hot and humid tropical climate with its frequent heavy rainfall, and it is based on the same underlying principles due to the very active intercultural exchange within this region. They are timber-framed structures with steeply sloping...

Concrete Edge Form

Tree Column Plan

7 Rib structure of the roof in plan. 7 Rib structure of the roof in plan. 6 Tree column, scale i ioo and 1 50. i Glulam segment. 2 300 x 160 x 32 mm scantling. 3 Concrete plate, grout 4 Pressure chamber for height adjustment. 5 Tree ring. 6 Hardwood dowel. closely spaced trees form a hall-like room 5 to 7 m high, which opens out towards the swimming-pool. The glass facade skirts the curved boundary beams, which form the limits of the roof from one support to the next. At their lowest points...

Heliotrop Solar Eriergy House Freiburg

Subject Architects who are actively involved in low-energy and environmentally compatible designs readily make use of timber because it is a replenishable and recyclable material. The architect Rolf Disch from Freiburg is very active in this field. Over a period often years he developed a prototype for a solar-energy house which, if the design is fully applied, not only requires no outside energy supplies but indeed can feed electricity back into the public network A so-called negative-energy...

Sources

Darwin College Study Centre Heart of Oak, in Architectural Review 10 94. Hancock, Hyde, White, Darwin College Study Centre, Cambridge, in The Arup Journal 1 1996. Architect's explanatory note. Coll ge Pierre S mard Coll ge Pierre S mard, Bobigny, in Techniques et Architecture 11 90. A Cedar Coll ge, in Architektura i Bizness 9 95. Information given by the architect. Roof of the Assembly and Entrance Halls of Wohlen High School GLULAM-Preis iggi. Information given by the architect and the timber...

Darwiri College Study Centre Cambridge

Subject Darwin College is a small postgraduate college of Cambridge University. It comprises a number of old buildings on the River Cam, one of which was once the home of the Darwin family. Hence the name of the college. In 1989 an architectural competition was held for a structure to connect the buildings and provide reading and study facilities for the students. The site itself was exceptionally difficult. Hemmed in by the existing buildings, it was 45 metres in length but only 6 to 8 metres...

St Josephs Parish Church Dormagen

Subject Buildings which reveal their construction are trying to express their simplicity, their openness, their honesty. And if the design is hand-crafted in traditional materials, then a sense of history and of belonging are also conveyed. Even today, such structures can only be built by specialists using traditional methods. On the other hand, there are buildings in which the message conveyed by the form itself takes precedence over the actual function of the building. In our modern age it is...

Extension to Architectural Office Lausanne

Subject Extensions to buildings can be approached and designed in different ways. They can either match the style and material of the existing building, merely only altering its size, or they can intentionally deviate in terms of style and material, thereby expressing something new and leaving the nature and size of the original structure untouched. Here, the second approach was chosen and implemented in a convincing fashion. Design The house belonging to the architects Maria and Bernhard...

Rausti Sauria Porriairieri

Subject For decades Finland was a nation hemmed in by the Eastern and Western Blocks, until this power balance subsided. As a mediator and official unofficial point of contact between both sides it enjoyed great attention. This fostered a flourishing economy which also led to notable investment in the construction sector many buildings for government, administrative and sports purposes bear witness to this. They were all built in an age dominated by steel and concrete the indigenous material...

Weekend House Osaka

Subject The architect Hiroshi Nakao, only 35 years old, has also made a name for himself as an artist through various exhibitions in Japan and elsewhere. Professor Masao Furuyama from the Technical Institute in Kyoto describes him as not belonging to any architectural or artistic school, his architecture representing an antithesis to conventional visual refinement and his work resisting all explanation. He refers to him as an architectural archaeologist who digs deep, discovers his works like...

Info

8 Tree column in large swimming pool with glass cupola and spherical roof shell. 9 Boundary beam details, scale moo and i 20. In centre window to wall connection and facade columns below support with casting and plywood element, l Upper part of 85 x 1300 mm boundary beam, which was screwed into position after assembly of meridian ribs. 2 Lower part of 85 x 1300 mm boundary beam. 3 120 x 120 mm intermediate timbers, which are glued to the bottom boundary beam section. 4 205 x 200 mm glulam...

Jurigerhalde Students Accommodation Constance

Subject The provision of low-cost housing is becoming an ever more important aspect of building. One particular group of users needing special attention is students. Low incomes, relatively short periods of residence and a tendency to share accommodation are the most important requirements for this group. In 1989 the German Association for Student Affairs in Constance promoted an open competition to design a hall of residence for students. The building plot was situated on the edge of a...

Fishing Museum Shima

Subject Our modern age with its digital concept of time saps architecture's energy for the very essence of architecture corresponds to an analogue notion of time. That is Hiroshi Naito's view. For him, the greatest handicap of modern thinking is that time is excluded as a continuum, that time is only regarded as digital - fragmented and liable to manipulation that the objects of the physical world are no longer permitted to age and fade away in accordance with the passage of time. Today,...

McMulleri Summer House Haliburtori

Subject Organic architecture strives for natural designs and for unity between buildings and their surroundings, in accordance with the teachings of Frank Lloyd Wright. Time and time again, this claim has spurred architects on in the search for new definitions. Yet one will scarcely find a more rigorous and dedicated approach to this style than the McMullen summer-house situated amid the forests of northern Ontario on the northern bank of Kashagawigamog Lake. Even its evolution was a process of...

Carisport Stadium Ceseria

Glulam Roofing Drawing

Subject The roofing over of sports grounds has always presented a great challenge for engineers and architects. On the one hand vast areas have to be spanned and acoustic and air conditioning reguirements met. On the other, roof design must satisfy aesthetic criteria but at the same time defer to what happens on the ground below. Dr Lignano had already designed and built several covered sports stadiums in wood when Mr.Trevisani,the President of the Cassa di Risparmio in Cesena, commissioned him...

Roof of the Assembly arid Entrance Halls of Wohlen High School

Subject The architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava has won recognition with his extravagant architectural constructions, in which statics and design form surprising symbioses. His dual studies of architecture in Valencia and civil engineering at the ETH in Zurich were already predictive of that. Although it dealt with the engineering subject The Foldability of Frameworks his thesis was written at the architectural faculty of the ETH Zurich. This desire to combine creative and structural...

Royal Technical University Sports Centre Stockholm

Subject The Royal Technical University in Stockholm took an unconventional approach for its new sports centre. In 1991 the university promoted a competition to design a new sports centre among the students of the Faculty of Architecture. It was a daring experiment with various goals better communication between the Faculties of Architecture and Structural Engineering, practical experience during the course of study and the hope of reduced planning costs. Lars Johansson and Mikael Uppling,...

Puppet Theatre Seiwa

Theatre Roof Plans

Subject Kazuhiro Ishii has a special relationship with timber as a building material. According to his philosophy, timber structures - in terms of their design and appearance - should not imitate their modern steel or concrete counterparts but instead exemplify timber's own characteristics. And part of his philosophy are the impressive dimensions. His structures - in particular the puppet theatre in Seiwa - attempt to employ timber as a building material in its very own grandeur. This is of...

Luginsland Kindergarten Stuttgart

Subject This new kindergarten was built on the edge of a residential area of single and multifamily houses in Untert rkheim, Stuttgart. The plot is on a long slope facing south-west with a five-metre difference in level. A difficult task which, after a number of unsatisfactory inquiries by the Municipal Construction Department, was assigned to the architects Behnisch & Partner. G nter Behnisch describes the reflections that resulted in the unusual design Certainly there are many ways of...

Production Plant Wilkhahn Bad Mnder

Timber Railing Construction Detail

Subject Industrial buildings, if they are not merely intended to house large machinery, are mostly designed to shield extensive production or storage areas from the weather. The underlying idea is to provide a horizontal covering over a working environment made up of repetitive units which can be reproduced or subdivided. Therefore, industrial buildings are often flat boxes with the administrative and communal facilities incorporated or appended at one end. As production expands so does the...

Cross Country Ski Bridge Pradella

Subject Because of its many mountain river valleys, its vast forests and its wet climate, Switzerland has a centuries-old tradition of bridge-building. This encompasses in particular timber bridges, in all shapes and sizes but always with a roof and side cladding to protect the timber. However, such covered structures were regarded as too heavy - both physically and visually - for modern bridge designs. Open, slimmer structures were called for, utilizing all the possibilities of modern...

Nielsen Housing Estate Boras

Subject Boras is a small Swedish town about 50 km east of Goteborg. In 1990 the town's Urban Planning Director Hasse Johansson initiated a competition for a Nordic Building Exhibition. Houses designed by Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish architects were to be erected by 1994 in the garden town of Hestra on the northern edge of Boras. The aim of the competition was to instil new momentum into the good but formally rigid style of Swedish housing design. The prizewinners should incorporate...

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Experimental Timber Frame Construction

Wood and stone are the oldest building materials known to mankind. Both are natural products and both were originally certainly used only in their natural form stones either rounded by the action of water or with sharp edges, wood still in the shape of trunks and branches. While stone is hard, rigid and permanent, wood is soft, warm and, even after felling, still organic. Wood breathes, swells and shrinks throughout its entire life it is almost as though the felled tree lives on in our boards,...

Solemar Brine Baths Bad Drrheim

Subject Over recent years public baths have undergone a dramatic change. Whereas in the first half of our century they developed from simple body-cleaning institutions to sports centres many are now changing from sports facilities pure and simple to multiform recreation centres and adventure pools. There has been not only a proliferation of the types of bath one can enjoy - warm-water, cold-water, artificial-wave, kiddies' and whirlpool baths such supplementary facilities as saunas, solaria,...