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WEEK 7 TUTORIAL The task: To observe the systems, properties and materials of two buildings currently under construction. SITE ONE: Zest Carlton Apartments ARCHITECT: Fender Katsalidis Architecture

Photos: Fender Katsalidis Architecture (2013) Zest Carlton, FKA, Melbourne, Australia, viewed 11 September 2013 < projects/current-projects/>

- The stage of works of building is still in the construction of the foundations - Concrete piles are used by drilling a hole into the ground and encasing the hole before filling it with concrete - A vertical reinforcement is used before being covered by shotcrete - Piles are aligned throughout the site thus using a systematic grid system - A concrete cap beam is placed above the piles SKETCH piles

cap beam

- The grid system illustrated on the plans are physically represented on site for easy location of points from the drawings to the site

- The machine on the left is used to drill holes into the ground to make way for the piles in the foundations - This building features two floors of foundations

SITE TWO: Carlton Wellbeing Precinct ARCHITECT: Jackson Architecture

Photo: Jackson Architecture (2013) Carlton Wellbeing Precinct, Jackson Architecture, Melbourne, Australia, viewed 11 September 2013 <>

Photo: Jackson Architecture (2013) Carlton Wellbeing Precinct, Jackson Architecture, Melbourne, Australia, viewed 11 September 2013 <http://www.>

- This will be the service elevator which will be used to transport goods around the apartment including meals and laundry - The foundations of the building also use concrete in the basement - This building uses four levels of foundations

service elevator

concrete in foundations

- Use of concrete in the balcony supports from the floor to the roof - Not all concrete is pre-cast - an example of this are the concrete columns - However, pre-cast concrete is used on the walls on the external side of the balcony

- Water pump used to keep water in high pressure so that it can be used in the emergency of a fire

- Steel framing used to encase the internal walling which uses plasterboard

plasterboard steel frames

- Modular brick masonry used in various rooms of the basement particularly in the service rooms - One particular room (which houses various electric power switches) incorporates a layer of lead to counter the magnetic forces

- Pre-stressed concrete section - Steel cables run underneath the concrete as used in a pre-stressed manner pre-stressing concrete with a steel cable

SKETCH - Scaffolding used on the fifth floor - Concrete is still being poured in certain sections at the back

- Interior of one of the showcase apartments - Large spaces are used to accomodate the elderly inhabitants - Uses advanced technology including a joist system where the recipient can be lifted from the bed and carried to the bathroom

- The carrying system follows a track lined on the roof

- Various piping lining the roof which provides various services - Services including electricity, hot water, cold water, gas and transporting exhaust fumes from each floor to the roof of the building - Extensive system of pipes run throughout the building - Interior walling - The red portion represents the sections that are fire resistent - the green portion represents the sections that are waterproof

- Roofing of the building features concrete spread across the surface - Dowels from the walls are present throughout the roof to join parts of the building together - The relatively flat roof consists of a membrane to keep the building water tight


REFERENCES Ching, F.D.K. 2008, Building Construction Illustrated, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey, viewed 11 September 2013

2013-2_Constructing Journal_Week 7  

Week 7 Journal Submission Constructing Environments University of Melbourne

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