In this issue, we bring you news on slatted stone enclosing a glass extension, a reconstructed brick facade, concrete arches cocooning a kiln, and more...

Hello and welcome to the September issue of the Materials for Architecture Newsletter

In this issue, we bring you news on slatted stone enclosing a glass extension, a reconstructed brick facade, concrete arches cocooning a kiln, and more...

Be on the square

Located in the centre of Mayfair, London, No.1 Grosvenor Square is set to open early next year – after having its historic brick facade painstak ingly de- and then re-constructed. Charlie Walsh, sales director at Lodha UK, spoke to Housebuilder & Developer’s Jack Wooler about the project’s exceptional attention to detail. No.1 Grosvenor Square from... Read more...
Published 18/09/2019 via

ICF – sense and sustainability

Robin Miller of Beco Wallform gives his views on why insulating concrete formwork (ICF) is the ideal practical choice for self-builders concerned about sustainability and climate change. There is growing recognition – now almost universal – that unless significant action is taken to reduce the harm we are doing to our world, our children... Read more...
Published 18/09/2019 via

Concrete arches cocoon egg-shaped kiln in Chinese porcelain factory

AZL Architects has completed the BingDing Wood Kiln Factory in Qiancheng village, China, building a series of concrete arches over a traditional brick kiln. AZL Architects designed the whole porcelain factory to echo the shapes of the monumental, egg-shaped kiln. Concrete arches curve over the body of the kiln, with windows and vertical joints orientated... Read more...
Published 12/09/2019 via

Slatted stone encloses glass extension for Edmonton Symphony Orchestra by Andrew Bromberg

Architect Andrew Bromberg at Aedas has revealed the design for an extension to the home of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Canada, featuring rounded glass walls, a slatted stone roof and an elevated garden. Andrew Bromberg at international architecture firm Aedas designed the renovation for the home of the orchestra called Winspear Centre... Read more...
Published 09/09/2019 via

A clear set of options

When looking to create a unique home, glass gives you a wide range of options, especially when it comes to balconies and even atriums, as Susan Sinden of glass processor ESG Group explains. One of the most common themes we see in the creation of self-builds is a desire for space and light. Glass is therefore an unsurprising choice... Read more...
Published 20/08/2019 via

Natural stone, ethically sourced

Matt Rob of the Stone Federation discusses the rising trend of buyers searching for ethically sourced natural stone, and the systems that are in place to prove the authenticity of such products. In 2015, The Modern Slavery Act was created to tackle slavery in the UK and ensure that businesses responsibly and ethically managed their global supply chains... Read more...
Published 20/08/2019 via

Reclaimed retreat

A timber cabin in the woods, designed as a tranquil Cornish rural retreat, has been carefully crafted from reclaimed, natural and sustainable materials. As a Cornish farmer, Bob Coad has always held strong opinions on ecology and the merits of sustainable building, so when it came to designing a woodland cabin on his own land there was no question... Read more...
Published 15/08/2019 via

Is your timber specification fit for purpose?

Janet Sycamore of the Timber Decking and Cladding Association discusses why and how the details of timber protection needs to be embraced to ensure specifications are always fit for purpose. Knowledge of fire protection terminology in the design and build sector is woefully low. That’s according to a recent survey of architects by the Wood... Read more...
Published 06/08/2019 via

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