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Working Detail: Small Projects 2009 Part 1

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[WORKING DETAIL 15.01.09] Innovative technical solutions from Small Projects 2009 entires: Record display system, oak frame, glass oriel window

Record display system, Pure Groove, LondonThreefold Architects − Pure Groove was intended to be as much of an exhibition and performance space as a shop, so the constantly changing top 100 records have been pushed to the outside walls. The pictured detail shows a part of the display system which comprises five blackened steel rails set away from the wall, developed with metalworkers Victory Works.

Pure Groove, Threefold Architects

The top four rails are used to display the 100 individual items, which are held by Bochem burette clamps. The clamps are held to the rail by a bespoke milled aluminium bossheads made by Elphis Engineering.

Another clamp holds a printed label with the item description and a number that refers to the hanging record bags running along the bottom rails that carry the stock. The hangers were laser cut and folded by steel company Isis, and coordinated with tent company Attwoolls, which made the rip-stop nylon bags.

Matthew Driscoll, partner, Threefold Architects

Oak frame, Moonshine, BathMitchell Taylor Workshop − Moonshine’s self-build addition was designed on the back of an envelope. We’d been living in the tiny old bit of the building and, with a third child on the way, we needed more. I hadn’t intended to build it myself, but my contractor moved too slowly, so I sacked him.

Friends helped with the on-site handiwork, and I didn’t tell the subcontractors about the woodland location. Instead, when they turned up, I coaxed them along the 400-yard footpath. The glaziers were astonished - each pane of glass weighs 250kg - but to their credit they just went and got seven more burly blokes.

The shifting clay on which we built could have resulted in water building up behind the new build, so, with Jerry King of Structures1, we created a raised, suspended ground floor on deep pad footings.

Externally, a 200 x 200mm perimeter beam is pinned to each column with a single stainless steel stud. Internally these beams are split in two and bolted together with a compriband strip in the middle to allow for shrinkage, so the longer members could be carried to site in two lighter parts. The perimeter zone allows for glazing, cladding or louvres to be fitted.

The day after we put the frame up, our child was born.

Piers Taylor, director, Mitchell Taylor Workshop

Glass oriel window, Mapledene Road, LondonPlatform 5 Architects −The oriel window is detailed to give the impression of a precise abstract glass box poking though the rough London Stock brickwork. The seat is given enough depth so that at least two people can sit alongside each other and enjoy the garden while feeling part of the house. The structural engineer designed a Z-shaped steel frame that is fixed back to the locally thickened ground slab and cantilevers through the external wall to pick up the structural glass.

Cold bridging is minimised by applying continuous insulation to the inside of the steel work. The junctions between the glass, brickwork and plasterboard are carefully detailed to hide the aluminium support angles. Pistol bricks are used at the window head to hide the lintel. Glass-toglass joints are constructed with structural silicone. The doubleglazed units are stepped to minimise sight lines on the glass-to-glass joints and to give a continuous reflective surface over the structure.

Patrick Michell, partner, Platform 5 Architects



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