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In class activity helped me with identification of details and structural elements on architectural plans. My detail of the Oval Pavilion’s Plant Room’s flooring system was not incuded in the paper.

Oval Pavilion site visit.

Building progress

16th August 2013

Aesthetic design created by nailing Oregon finish to formwork and pouring the concrete against it. After around 2 weeks the wall is stripped

11th October 2013

Reinforcement mesh provides tensile strength to cocnrete, lessening the likelihood of cracks forming

Concrete steps at the entrance of pavilion

Timber formwork maintains shape of concrete while it sets

Steel I-beams supporting roof structure

Steel Z purlins as secondary roof support: light, easy to install with corrosion-resistant zinc coating. Steel Frame: while expensive, enables precise and fast construction Steel window mullions

Laminated timber columns supporting steel I-beams. Used for aesthetic purposes with similar strength properties to steel.

*Main structure

Stained Laminated Veneer Lumber external fireplace wall adds to aesthetic appeal of the building. It is created using the tongue-and-groove lining. This method of connecting timber slats is tight fitting, aesthetically pleasing and has enough surface area for adhesives. Laminated Veneer Lumber is beneficial in terms of economical decisions about the building as it is cheaper than timber. However, the toxins in its glues are flammable and therefore are not very fire resistant which raises a concern in using this material as an external fireplace wall.

References: Ching F., 2008, Building Construction Illustrated, 4th edition, John Wiley & Sons Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.

Week 10