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This weeks tutorial encompassed a ‘Case study site visit’

This was an essential session as we were on site interacting with our built environment and witnessing the process of construction on a large scale.


Eastern Precinct student centre •

Interesting roof design, which links to the stone wall of the ERC library

Student centre is wedged between two buildings: ERC and Doug McDonnell. Linkage between the two.

Framed construction type.

Structural system of roof maintains a suspended steel rigid frame.

Doug McDonnell approximately 5 7m to the right. >

WEEK 3 STUDIO JOURNAL Steel rigid frame: perpendicular to regular frames.

Glass sheet gives an open space feel, and good protection. modern design.


The entrance to the MSLE gives the impression of being squished between two buildings. However upon entrance this corridor/lobby entrance opens to a wide space, providing a link between the buildings on its left and right, as it is joint to both.

Very similar linkage of two buildings like the Eastern precinct student centre.

Flat roof design hence runoff and stormwater directed via pipe system as drainage.

Interesting pipe system directing chemical fumes and gases from laboratories. On the L.H.S of the entrance.

WEEK 3 STUDIO JOURNAL Queens college extension Stimulating site analysis as it is almost like a cross section of a building. Able to view it in a stage of construction.

Timber framing, used as framework on side of roof.

Concrete slab walls (heavy) put in place most probably via tilt-up method.

Asphalt being watered. Good surface for waterproofing.

WEEK 3 STUDIO JOURNAL Ormond theology centre reception Modern design wall, glass squares set into steel framework.

The ‘glass wall’ is not a load bearing wall as it transfers its load to another framework.

Supporting structural wall.

glass wall

Alternate exit of centre: similar linkage as seen in MSLE and Eastern precinct sc.

WEEK 3 STUDIO JOURNAL Oval Pavilion Site visit •

Important case study on structural materials and the construction process of buildings.


Able to catch a glimpse into the stages of construction and the carefully structured process in which a building takes form.


Thick concrete slab, 99% of all surfaces is within the slab. Crucial basis for the pavilion.

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100mm thick at basement. 230mm thick to ground level, thicker due to increase in span. (to scale)

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12mm bars, ligatures. Waterproofing occurs at the base of concrete slab to prevent leaking and flooding in basement.

WEEK 3 STUDIO JOURNAL Load bearing walls at the front of the pavilion, in construction.

Load bearing wall placed below ground level; trench like formation to enable the wall to support own weight and load.

Hard timber frames held together and compressed by steel vices/clamps.

Week 3 journal  

Studio Journal Week 3 ENVS10003

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