This interesting video talks about cost effective architecture and design challenges faced when converting a 1970’s accommodation and office block to provide use for a 1,200 square meter usable space for theatre. Building cost effective spaces that is practical and meets the needs of that space can be challenging. This project is a clever example of what can be done through architecture on a tight budget, and using the following aspects of architecture: Imaginative finishes in design Using reclaimed materials Using low energy lighting Efficient use of space – The architect visited 35 theatres, drawing from the best and worst lessons before designing the space, and uses sight lines and modelling to ensure no ‘bad’ seats in the theatre Maximising the roof to use day light saved costs and energy LED fittings and halogen lights created an ambience of an immersive experience How the building is conceived structurally is also important to audiences, and this was displayed with clever architectural elements Details such as individual light stations, standardising aspects of the theatre using simple but effective solutions helped to further keep costs down. To watch the video click here or select the image below.
Following are some of the highlights from the economic, commercial, housing and construction aspects of the RICS report in February 2014. Economy The first estimate of Q4 GDP revealed growth of 0.7% over the quarter, and 1.9% for the whole of 2013. However, output still remains 1.3% below Q1 of 2008 peak. The services sector contributed the vast majority of growth in Q4. Housing The RICS Housing Market Survey showed demand growing at a faster pace than supply, driving further increases in house prices. The major house price indices show growth in the region of 5 – 7.5% over 2013 with London leading other regions. This demand is supported by the following. Lower mortgage rates Easier credit conditions Rise in consumer confidence Policy actions such as the Help to Buy schemes which has provided mortgages for around 12.8K new build houses in 2013 Construction The RICS Construction Market Survey showed that workloads grew in Q4 with private residential and commercial sectors driving activity. The survey indicated that business confidence has picked up and activity is to expand in the next 12 months. Among factors limiting building activity, financial constraints remain the main impediment for higher growth. […]
The first of its kind – an international survey has been conducted by the NBS and its international partners on comparing international attitudes and the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in 2013. The survey was conducted following the observation of the growing global construction industry and the need to see what other countries are doing about BIM. The survey included a number of countries pioneering BIM such as Finland, New Zealand and Canada, as well as the UK. Growing Needs The survey indicates that BIM usage will increase in the future, as the countries surveyed consider BIM the future of all project information. At present, awareness of BIM is similar amongst countries with figures such as 87% in Finland and 98% in New Zealand. There are a number of benefits of BIM and some of these are listed in the report as follows: The ability of the model to be used through the life of the building Ability of the model to be used in the operation and occupation stage Ability to deliver enhanced efficiency Reducing cost The Issue of Definition Since there is no specific definition given for international BIM, respondents agreed that the industry is not clear […]
According to industry analysts Glenigan, construction growth in February was up 10% despite the economic disruption caused by the bad weather. The growth was due to rapid expansion in the office sector. Projects starts were up by more than 50 % compared to last year, and by infrastructure, which saw starts up 64% on last year. Hotel and leisure sector: The hotel and leisure sector has seen a returned growth with starts up by more than 20%. Public projects: Projects reliant on public money saw declining figures. Starts of health projects fell by 43 % compared to a year ago, following a 10 % fall during 2013 as a whole. Education projects also slowed, despite growth during 2013. Residential and housing: Residential work saw a decline, dropping 2% overall. Private housing growth slowed to 5 %. The number of social housing projects starting dropped by 15% due to flooding disrupting projects builds. Construction increase in flooded areas later in this year: Widespread flooding and disruption had a negative impact on the economy due to business closures and disruption across transport networks, causing delays to site openings. The floods are expected to cause a rise in construction work later […]
An interesting infographic on interior design trends in 2014 by Glasstilestore, focusing on trends in colour, patter, texture, space and appliances decor. Colours: favoured colours for 2014 are cheerful yet remain subtle. Teal blue, khaki, and ethnic-inspired palettes draw from Mexican and Spanish interiors with judicious touches of earth tones. Patterns: Geometric and floral patterns are in for soft accessories such as drapes, throw rugs and cushions. Texture: Practical meets luxurious – Gilded, carved frames for mirrors, sheepskin rugs over polished hardwood floors, office chairs with suede seats, and soft fabrics on chrome-legged furniture. Sleek is the buzz word for texture – clever combinations of wood, metal, curtain material, stone, wood or tile finishes and treatments. Space: Less is more is still the rule to live by. Minimalist and ergonomic furniture. Appliances décor: focused on ease of use and functionality, delivering comfort with uncompromising style. Source: Infographic from Glasstilestore.com
Architects Journal reported that the additional cost of making a home ‘zero carbon’ has halved in the last three years, according to new research. Managing Director at Zero Carbon Hub says the ambitious zero carbon policy is now becoming more cost effective and that the challenge is to continue innovating to keep costs low. The contributors to the reduction of additional costs in zero-carbon are as follows: Reduced costs of photovoltaic panels (PV) Changes to the zero carbon standards Greater efficiency in meeting air tightness requirements It is also fascinating to see new innovations and design concepts around the world, supporting the zero carbon effort. For example, David Benjamin’s evolutionary way of making building materials. According to FastCompany, biologically engineered bricks are used in David’s design to build two cylindrical towers in the courtyard of a Brooklyn museum in June 2014. The building blocks are created with mushroom materials combined with mycelium and corn stalks, which emits no carbon, requires almost zero energy and also has a component of waste absorption. “It could also present a radical alternative to building up our city’s future — one that’s inspired by biology, stretched even further by human technology, and part of a zero waste, […]
We love all things visual! This animated GIF brings the big freeze to life in stunning technicolor. Generated by the data visualiser Earth, this visualisation animation is taken from a fully interactive version that allows you to zoom in and out, observing the winds of the polar vortex in great detail across different altitudes. The streamlines represent the motion of the winds in the stratosphere; their density indicates speed, so more lines represents faster winds. The data is actually taken from supercomputer models of the weather rather than raw data, but the results are still stunning. [Earth via Discover via National Journal] Access the interactive version here. Enjoy! Source: www.gizmodo.com.au