architects

  • The end is in sight for Gaudi’s vision

    Posted on 15th October 2013 by Andy.

    It has dominated the Barcelona skyline for over a century but is still a building site, but the Sagrada Familia remains one of the world’s most iconic buildings. It was started in 1882 before renowned architect Antonio Gaudi took over a year later and began infusing it with his trademark Gothic and Art Nouveau stylings. By the time he died in 1926 the building was still less than a quarter complete. Many architects have subsequently worked on the project and to say it has gone over budget and past its deadline is an understatement. Today the work is almost exclusively funded by ticket sales and private donations but the end is finally in sight. As this recent video reveals, although a sizeable chunk of the church has yet to be built, the current architects are confident that Gaudi’s grand vision will finally be revealed in 2026.

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  • Uncovering a Britain that never existed

    Posted on 15th August 2013 by Andy.

    BBC-Unbuilt-Britain

    The new BBC series Unbuilt Britain is a celebration of the more wilder and imaginative architectural projects that never made it of off the drawing board. The TV series plunders the archives to discover some long forgotten buildings that would have transformed the country. One example is Joseph Paxton’s ‘Great Victorian Way’. A vast ‘Crystal Palace’ like glass loop linking many of the Capital’s railway stations to allow people to quickly traverse the city without getting caught up in the heavily congested streets.

    If it had been built it would have been the largest building in the world, so it’s not surprising that it was quickly dropped. However, many of the ideas and architects that the series highlights were visionaries and have inspired many architects working today. So don’t be surprised if some of these ideas one day do become a reality. You can see Unbuilt Britain on Monday nights on BBC 4. To find out more click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01cxyrm

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  • Concealing Powered Blinds

    Posted on 11th February 2013 by Lee.

    How do you make remote control roller blinds disappear? The epitome in a sleek minimalist design theme for your home or workplace is created by housing your Controliss powered blinds, fixing brackets , roller tube and integrated motor within a concealed cavity or pocket. When operated, the Controliss powered blinds appear magically from within the concealed structure creating the magical appearance that the blinds are appearing from a part of the structure of the property. This adds even further impact to the wonder of motorised blinds! This effect can be achieved easily, particularly if consideration is given to its inclusion, early on in the development, ideally at pre-plaster stage. METHOD 1- CEILING CONCEALMENT The ceiling if the room  is lowered by 120mm, and finished 120mm short of the window wall x length of the blind to be fitted. This creates a recess of 120mm sq x length of blind to be fitted to house the cassette or tube of the blind. 100mm sq is applicable to most average size blinds (up to 2.4m wide x 2.5m drop) allowing sufficient space for the installation brackets blind tube plus fabric and allow ease of fitting. For blinds greater than this the core tube diameter of the blind may need to be increased, thus the housing would need to be increased accordingly.  We are happy to advise on housing dimensions for larger blinds. METHOD 2 - STUD WALL CONCEALMENT The window wall can be built out in its entirety, creating a 120mm cavity to house the blind mechanisms. This method allows the blind to be over-sized and overlap the edge of the window reveal.  The blind then operates from ceiling to floor within the recess created, providing the ultimate blackout facility. METHOD 3 - RETROSPECTIVE CONCEALMENT When wanting to conceal the blind mechanisms retrospectively, when the building is completed; it is simple to create a surface mounted pelmet or lambrequin, constructed in a material to co-ordinate with your interior, or indeed upholstered in a soft-furnishing fabric of your choice. The Controliss team is liaising on a daily basis with architects, contractors and clients to achieve cutting edge solutions for discretely integrating powered blinds systems within residential and commercial properties, help and advise is on hand for your individual project.

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