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Facade detail: House, King's Grove, by Duggan Morris Architects

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[WORKING DETAIL 09.09.10] The glazing system, which fronts the entire facade, front and rear

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Facade construction

The house is traditional in construction, with cavity perimeter walls built on strip footings with beam and block flooring. The first floor and the roof are constructed from long-span timber joists. A steel sway frame is introduced to allow wide structural openings to the front and rear facades.

A key element of the building is the design of the glazing system, which fronts the entire facade, front and rear. This system is a unique, project specific solution, fabricated in a Sadolin-stained, sapele timber body with a brass trim. Silicon-bonded low-E double-glazed units allow a minimal transition at the edge between ‘window’ and ‘brick’.

This is achieved by extending the panel over the timber subframe to the brass trim, which reads as a black edge behind the glass when viewed head on. Selective panels are then installed with concealed head and base pivots, secured with concealed throw bolts hidden within the body of the timber substrate.

When opened, the enclosed courtyards that frame the front and back terraces appear as extensions of the internal spaces. The largest of these panels encloses the main living space, which creates an opening of 3.5 x 2.5m when opened.
Duggan Morris Architects

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