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Bottle of champagne for the winners!!
Posted 16 May 2014 11:45
Final crit, in partnership with John Bridge from Croft Goode Architects. Our group won the prize for best design base on the fact we used the concept of growing organic material for the buoyant base.
Posted 16 May 2014 11:37
We went to sale waterpark to test out the floating structure in competition with the other groups. The weight of the family was scaled to the weights of bricks and calculate at 7. Our structure managed 6 bricks.
Posted 14 May 2014 14:48
We devised a ratchet system of doubling the height of the shed in the event of flooding. This meant that the shed can be used as normal throughout the year with a ready made sleeping space available above when needed in an emergency.
Posted 13 May 2014 11:25
For the buoyant base, we discovered a company in the US that was growing mushrooms as a substitute for polystyrene. The root is used to make building insulation and they had even started using it for the core of surfboards. This is the material that we have suggested for the base specifically for these properties.
Posted 12 May 2014 15:12
The image shows the corner detail in the prototype model where the steel pylon runs inside a steel sheath attached to the base. The sheath is housed in a reinforced plate to cope with the forces of the moving water.
Posted 9 May 2014 12:52
We completed the buoyant base prototype model in workshop using mdf for the frame and steel tubing for the vertical pylons. As water levels rise the structure moves up the steel keeping afloat but not drifting away.
Posted 9 May 2014 12:49
An infographic I produced from the data presented by Andy Cameron of the Environment Agency on flooding statistics across the UK.
Posted 7 May 2014 21:37
8 Steel tubes I cut for a 1:10 model of the floating system implemented in the base. The 500mm lengths represent the steel pylons concreted into the ground, with the 50mm lengths acting as the steel collars fixed to the base in which the pylons fit inside.
Posted 7 May 2014 18:18
A sketch experimenting the corner detail of the base/ pylon connection based on the issues brought up by Andy Cameron on mechanical seizure on parts close to the ground. The movable parts are elevated here to reduce this risk.
Posted 7 May 2014 18:15
Andy Cameron (civil engineer) giving a presentation on flooding issues from the environment agency.
Posted 7 May 2014 18:10
To scale at 1:10 showing a section through the proposed buoyant structure, pylons and envelope showing possible program in he volume
Posted 6 May 2014 21:04
A section at 1:20 on A4 through the buoyant base. The external material is made up of concrete with a waterproof membrane between this layer and the organic core that provides the buoyancy. (The section is a cut through the proposed base and pylons. The structure above is a representation of the volume given by the brief, not an actual proposal for the form of the envelope)
Posted 6 May 2014 19:00
A precedent photograph of a floating deck fixed into place by a collar fitted around the vertical pile. The deck is allowed to move up and down with the tide and so we propose to use similar technology in our group proposal in the event of flooding.
Posted 6 May 2014 18:50
An infographic I produced to explaining the causing of flooding, its effect on the Gloucester area as the site and the ideas for disaster relief floating architecture.
Posted 6 May 2014 18:41
An infographic I produced to summarise the requirements of the brief set out by the client.
Posted 6 May 2014 18:36