Some manufacturers have the latest Revit version objects only. How do I download older versions? In fact, how do I download anything? I placed some items into "My Projects" or "Favorites". Where is the button to download what I have selected? I... Read More
High-rise wood buildings are becoming quite popular around the world. What are the building codes that have be adhered to in US? I think a major challenge would be fire safety since it's all wood.
George - Arch Designer: Structural Wood Beams, Trusses, Columns, Girders have been historically used for building even before Steel. Wood Members must be treated with Fire Resistant Retardants that are preferably "Green", or creating a petrified surface, as to support weight. 3 More Answers
What a superb topic. Where do you find your design inspiration? Do you refer to projects of well known architects or you like to derive inspiration from organic forms or something else?
How much or what percentage of the total cost of the unit would be the strengthening cost.
Yes from what I've seen it came add a lot of extra cost because a building with standard construction, then has to be engineered to handle loads from different directions, which normally wouldn't occur if the building was built in place. In saying that, recently there have been a few designs which have been engineer more like a vehicle/capsul...
I recently had a project in a high wind zone, where some of the window waterproofing failed (not a fun situation!). Can anyone recommend a good waterproofing system to use in low rise housing projects?
How will the classical notion of Modernism hold up in our future? What sort of materials will help forge a new future in architecture?
Most buildings are experimental prototypes reliant sadly on low-bid contractors, self-styled "value engineers" and a bevy of subcontractors some of whom have little in the way of real skills or craftsmanship. Imagine what buildings would be like if we took best practices from companies like Boeing, Tesla, Apple and a host of other g... 2 More Answers
What kind of metal is used to achieve that look?
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We have been specifying 'blackened steel' (i,e. chemically treated mild steel to give a natural, blackened finish) for quite a few years and EVERY time we ask a contractor to tell us what the chemicals/method is for this they clam up like its a top secret or somethi... Read More
Armorers created blackened steel in the Renaissance with linseed oil. They heated the steel and applied the oil in much the same fashion described by "grahame-white" above. It probably is a little less toxic than old motor oil, and because it requires multiple applications, allows for a broad color range of "blackening" . 4 More Answers
Is this a sectional door or tilt?
I like the look of the roofing and it blends well with the other elements in the house.
shawn.cooper is correct. Another manufacturer is Epicore (https://www.epicmetals.com/product/epicore). The product shown in this home appears to be perforated for better acoustical performance (a thin layer of acoustical insulation separates the steel from the poured concrete. The steel can be left shiny as shown, primed for field painting, o... 4 More Answers
I am student doing a Post Grad in Interior Architecture. I am using the ideas of prefab and modular design to design a fire station. I was wondering If I can send a list of questions regarding modular design methods also for professional input.
Other considerations apart from structural and the additional costs associated.
Wind Scour,Foot Traffic, the list seems to be never ending, but the benefits alway seem to outlay the problems. Arial installers, plant and other equipment added post completion, it does happen, I was the Styrofoam Tech engineer for 14 years and saw it all. trees that have grown squirrels that want to did, bees, making home, and a change in b... 3 More Answers
These glass walls blur the boundary between indoors and outdoors allowing ample light to enter the interior spaces and they look great but how practical or convenient are they? What's the maintenance cost like?
In terms of water, it has to do with the degree and quality of glass and the installer. most of the time it is installer error. if you do have a leak and the glass Is within tolerance of accuracy, and you have a leak, it is a problem that is going to be costly because it is probably a not to square or accurate rough opening, or a shifting, mo... 5 More Answers
The handrail detail in this net-zero pre fab home looks really tricky from a water proofing point of view. I'm interested to know how it's been done.
If timber floor structure face fix the handrail to the front of the floor structure with EPDM washers where the fixing meets the cladding. Bolt fixing through the boundary joists into a L Bracket which bolted to the joist beside. Have 4 baluster paosts, wih the end ones finishing 50mm away from the building. This way the handrail does not pen... 1 More Answer
Love the finish. Is it timber?
What's the roof like on the iT house project? I quite like it but unsure about the cost.
I think that as demonstrated with this project, flat roofs can be just as attractive as pitched ones. it all comes down to the look you are trying to achieve. Generally speaking, modern or contemporary styled homes will have a flat roof element incorporated into its design. The advantage of a flat roof is that it can also accommodate a deck a... 1 More Answer
And why was one chosen over the other?
Are the stones fixed from behind or held in wire cages in the structure of Villanueva Public Library?
What made it interesting and should it be preserved? Share some lesser known facts about this style of architecture.
Are floating homes considered to be boats when it pertains to various building codes?
Why are the styles of houseboats in Europe so much more well-designed?
What maintenance would be required over time and what would be the cost involved
Living walls or "green" exteriors are becoming more popular. Although they are tricky to design and maintain the plants. Have you seen or used any living walls systems you would recommend?
These wall hangings are so stylish and blend perfectly with the overall look of the room. I think the room has to be big as these would not work well in small spaces.
A favourite of brutalism, these in-situ cast concrete walls always look impressive and weather ever so nicely with age. Their simple look is deceiving though, as they are often difficult to pour and have a smooth finish, due to air getting trapped during the pour.
These low profile flashing details, always look fantastic, although I'm always nervous they will move and let water in on windy days. Does any have any smart flashing details, that allow you to achieve a wind resistant yet low profile?
Industrial and minimalist work well together. I like how the red brick wall has been paired with grey fittings.
Brick walls add an old world charm to the interiors making the room feel cozy. However, you want to make sure that there's no crumpling mortar due to the exposure to moisture and extreme temperatures over time. Clean the brick, repair the damaged areas on the wall, try colorwash. 3 More Answers
Metal claddings such as these are becoming a lot more popular, however often you see the cladding "warp" when exposed to the sun or on hot days. Often the metal is fixed to a timber sub straight, such as plywood. More modern buildings like this one, seem t... Read More
One fastener is allowed to secure the panel at a specific point to the structural support. All other fastenings create slip-joints. The slots/holes that provide for the fastener to secure to the supporting substrate/structure are sized to allow for the full expansion and contraction of the material without pinching. Additionally, the fastener... 5 More Answers
Deeply saddened by the death of Zaha Hadid. She was a true inspiration for architects and women around the world. Her incredible work has won her many awards some of them being the Evelyn Grace Academy, Maxxi Museum and Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre.
This natural timber cladding looks fantastic and will weather very nicely. This project uses cedar which is then stained, but there are other many alternatives.
The house looks great but what would be the cost of moving and installing it at a new location. Also, would the customized specifications increase the total cost?
I think current price estimates put the cost of the pod at between USD$16k-55k - a big range but I imagine it would depend on the number of basic pods, the amount of customization (I would imagine from a list of choices), and finishes you're looking for. It is not the type of home you could tow behind a truck, and assembly has to be by a prof... 2 More Answers
It looks like wood, but does anyone know more about the kind of wood that's being used here. Clearly, the purpose is to make the interiors comfortable while dressing up the exterior looks.
The wood curtain elements here are made from Iroko, sometimes called an African Teak. Like any teak, it is a hardwood that is rot-resistant. It is also waterproof and fairly UV resistant. It's qualities make it a good material for exteriors as well as marine use.
Not your normal ivy-covered facade. Sprawling flora creates an uninterrupted screen over the elevation of each building that is connected by three walkways. These living facades always present tricky challenges around waterproofing, due to the number of poles and p... Read More
Pre formed concrete elements such as these concrete screens are a unique and timeless addition to the building. Although they look simple, they represent some interesting engineering challenges. Not only do they have to be engineered to stand the test of time, they... Read More
Sheet metal cladding is being used on a lot of iconic buildings lately (in some ways popularised by famous architects such as Frank Gehry). Although it gives a simple look, there is normally some tricky detailing going on as special care needs to be taken to allow f... Read More
while metal cladding is aesthetically pleasing, it could have its downsides. You have to be very careful with overheating, as metal is a great heat conductor. Rusting needs to be taken into consideration too, there are some metallic materials that rust on purpose to protect the rest of the structure (such as weathering steel aka corten steel)...
These exposed timber roofs always look fantastic, however what is the best way to insulate them? As there is obviously not a lot of empty space in them, it could be the reason the rooms would be freezing in winter.
It looks to me like there are two "slabs" of approximately 4" thick each. My guess is this might be some sort of structural insulated panel (SIP) one on top of the other. Perhaps the required insulation here is not that high. In addition, there might be a much thicker roof system st pack from the thin profile that is visible. T... 8 More Answers