In this issue, we bring you news on a beer stand built within a shipping container, a robotically-produced pavilion, Street Tree Pods, and more...

Hello and welcome to the May Issue of the Materials for Architecture Newsletter

In this issue, we bring you news on a beer stand built within a shipping container, a robotically-produced pavilion, Street Tree Pods, and more...

Bringing light inside

Jade Cottee of IQ Glass Solutions discuss the different options available to maximise light with the use of internal glazing. Light is the new luxury in many architectural and interior designs. Improving light within the home has been said to boost happiness, as natural daylight makes us feel more connected to the outdoors. It has often been the case.... Read more...
Published 17/05/2019 via

Simpler facade solutions

Simon Boocock of CRL Europe discusses how advances in installation technology are making glass facades easier and quicker to install without putting people at risk. All-glass buildings are a common sight in urban areas, making a dramatic architectural statement. Glass is a popular facade choice for commercial and increasingly domestic.... Read more...
Published 17/05/2019 via

The fledgling market for bird-safe glass

Birds colliding with glass on building facades is one of the leading causes of avian mortality across the globe, however despite this fact it’s an issue that has often flown under the radar in the UK. Here Leo Pyrah of Pilkington discusses how specifying the right glazing can minimise this problem. Colliding with glass doors and windows.... Read more...
Published 15/05/2019 via

Decking decisions

Laura Keily of Accsys Group summarises three of the most common materials when planning an outdoor deck and discusses some of the factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing your preferred route. In January 2019, the Global Decking Market 2018-2022 predicted a compound annual growth rate (CAGR).... Read more...
Published 08/05/2019 via

Street Tree Pods proposed to alleviate London's housing crisis

University of Westminster graduate Matthew Chamberlain has designed a sustainable treehouse to provide starter homes on London's streets, while also tackling the city's high pollution levels. The Street Tree Pods are teardrop-shaped structures made from wood, designed to merge with existing or new trees. Taking up the same amount of space as.... Read more...
Published 02/05/2019 via

High rise not high risk

Danny Birrel of Kawneer advises on how to design curtain wall facades to accommodate building movement. Land-pressed developers are increasingly turning to high-rise buildings to deliver best footprint value but the interaction between the facade of a building, particularly a tall one, and its structure is, sadly, frequently ignored in the design phase.... Read more...
Published 02/05/2019 via

I IN repurposes a shipping container to form the SCHMATZ beer stand in Tokyo

Situated within a central location of Tokyo, I IN brings the tradition of German beer halls to Japan with their design of the beer dining restaurant ‘SCHMATZ.’ Housed within a corrugated metal shipping container, the exterior of the bar evokes an industrial aesthetic. However, upon entering inside, patrons are greeted by a contrasting warm interior.... Read more...
Published 27/04/2019 via

Break out of the white box

With the demand for quality rising, it is increasingly hard to stand out as a developer. Lulu Greenhalgh-Jones of Carpenter Oak explores how housebuilders can use timber to break out of the new development ‘white box.’ The market is not short of developments of neat new build homes where every single one almost identical to its neighbour.... Read more...
Published 25/04/2019 via

This pavilion spans 23 meters thanks to robotically-produced fibre composites

The University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) have again teamed up to design and fabricate (with the help of robots) a pavilion made from advanced fibre composites. Embedded within the landscape of a park in the German city of Heilbronn.... Read more...
Published 17/04/2019 via

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