Friday, 15 February 2008

random site photos...

construction site/real-time exhibition space...the site gets a lot of attention from passers by...

special thanks to our sponsors...

dr. evil (under construction) and mini-me.

construction team schedule

a broken tooth...

the lasercut model has proven far more useful than the drawings...

post-it notes indicate profile numbers...

locations and positional reference are easy to identify...

view through the void of the bench...

Pavilion Construction - Day 9

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Gasket detail - Condition D

Throughout the pavilion we have 4 different joint conditions, and 8 gasket types. Each of the joint conditions is determined by the assembly logic required at that location. Each of the gasket types is determined by the angle of intersection.

At the first phase of ground level assembly, we only have Condition D - Ground global profile (concrete) to ground cross profile (concrete), which utilizes gasket type 8, which is a flat 80mm x 50mm x 17mm EPDM rubber pad.

Joints on the ground members have no need for the locking gaskets to keep the profiles in place because gravity will work just fine, with the weight of the entire structure sitting on these guys, no one is lifting them off.

So, as a means of reducing costs, we opted for flat rubber pads which are glued in place at each notch to take up the difference in the over-size notch to make it a tight fit notch, but retaining enough fexibility for construction tolerances and to compensate for the fact that the intersections are angled.

After these pads have been glued into place, then the primay ground profiles can be inserted into the cross profiles.

Here's a detail, and some photos.

Pavilion Construction - Day 8

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check out the physcial model (on the table in bottom middle of the photo) being used as a reference for locating the panels on the site.

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

CD or AD?

Here's a few sample sheets from our set of construction drawings. Unlike the typical 2D construction document set you would find on a conventional building site, our drawings relate more to an IKEA flat-pack assembly diagram, with 2D views identifying an array of individual pre-fabricated components, and a series of procedural 3D views detailing how to orient and assemble them.

There are three main categories for components, all of which are pre-fabricated and delivered to site:

1. Steel
2. Fibre-C
3. EPDM Rubber Gaskets (joints)

All drawings have been produced exclusively in Rhino 4's drawing layout functions, with some help from the Technical Drawing Plug-in.

Additionally, the 1:10 physical model has been taken down to the site, and is being used as a live "construction reference" during the assembly process.

Pavilion Construction - Day 6

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Pavilion Construction - Days 1-5

As stated earlier, the pavilion is now on site! Yusuke has been coordinating the efforts on-site with the help of a team of AA DRL students. There has been a lot of action, as you will see from the photos below...including a surprise celebrity visit to the site...

Progress so far:
  • site fencing erected
  • fibre-c panels delivered and unloaded
  • sand blinding layed to provide flat surface
  • fibre-c ground mat layed
  • fibre-c ground cross profiles being assembled and spaced (in progress)
  • completed 1:10 scale model delivered to site as construction reference
Here's a few photos from the first half week of progress.