Terracotta – the exemplary façade material

Introduction: Terracotta is a glazed or unglazed ceramic resulting from the fired clay and has a porous body. It is being used in architecture since early 1800s when a church, designed by Sir Edmund Sharpe, was built almost exclusively of terracotta in Germany in 1824. It, in its unglazed form, eventually became fashionable as a …

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CNC Machine Types Advantages & Disadvantages

Since the 1990s, the building industry has been changing in many ways. Despite 2008 crisis and all the speculation that surrounded the growth,early 2000 saw a big boom in high rises and the market started looking up once again.Multi-storey buildings, both commercial and residential, have been springing up across the country ever since. During the …

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Armed with Ultimate Interior and Architecture Expertise – Sonali Bhagwati

Sohrab S. Dalal An outstanding visionary of the future of modern architecture in India, Sohrab S. Dalal’s architectural practice is an exemplary canon of cutting edge design with an interwoven element of the environment. Equipped with a degree in Architecture from C.E.P.T., Ahmedabad, Sohrab made his first stint at designing with renowned Sculptor and Architect, …

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Facade Consultants – Their role in design, procurement and execution

ABSTRACT Façade consulting in India has, over a relatively short period of time, grown from an almost non-existent specialisation into a potential growth area within the construction industry. Whilst such developments are generally welcomed, some building owners remain suspicious, fearful of yet another addition to the already bulky ‘consultant team’. This article examines the changing …

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FIRE SAFETY IN FACADES – Myths & Realities

Fire at Kalina building, short circuit suspected April 08, 2011 Location: Diamond Square, Mumbai Number of Casualties: None Time to Extinguish Fire: Over Two Hours Fire at Kalina building, short circuit suspected A major fire broke out in a six-storey commercial building in Kalina area of Santacruz on Friday afternoon. No casualties or injuries were …

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Acoustics in the Built Environment Horizontal Treatment of the Slab Edge in Curtain Wall Buildings

Mike Carrick AMIOA, SIDERISE Technical Officer – Construction Acoustics, SIDERISE Mike Carrick AMIOA Introduction Acoustics is an area of design that is often neglected and equally often approached as some form of ‘black art’. We rarely describe architecture in terms of sound. It is as if this sense has no bearing on our experience of …

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Cladding Materials – Innovative Facade Solution for Building Exteriors

Cladding of buildings is one of the most expressive, inspiring and complex aspects of building design. The basic function of an envelope or enclosure of a building or structure is to protect the covered or otherwise conditioned interior spaces from the surrounding environment. Cladding is the application of one material over another to provide skin …

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SOM Creates a Crystal Tower at NY City

American architects SOM have designed a tower in New York City for the crystal manufacturer. ‘Baccarat’. The building for the well-known brand embodies the elegance and artistry of the 250-year old company, renowned for their product and distinctive packaging. Located in one of the city’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, this 650-foot ‘urban wrapper’ stands gracefully over …

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53W53 Features Black and Gold Metallic Façade by Jean Nouvel

Hines, the international real estate firm, together with development partners Goldman Sachs Investment Group and Singapore-based Pontiac Land Group, announced the grand opening of the sales gallery for 53W53, the gracefully tapered, 1,050-foot-high condominium tower adjacent to The Museum of Modern (MoMA) at 53 West 53rd Street, New York. Shimmering intricately woven silver, black and …

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