Architecture 101

Form follows function

Posted on: 8th August, 2018 in Architecture 101

Form follows function is a principle of architecture coined in 20th century modernist architecture and industrial design, which means that the shape of a building should primarily relate to its intended function or use and the term can be attributed...

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Dwelling ventilation

Posted on: 7th June, 2018 in Architecture 101

Ventilation of a dwelling is an important consideration when building a new or renovating an existing house, as part of our existence is reliant of breathing fresh air. This fresh air originates from outside with staler more odour-filled and moisture-laden...

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Insulation

Posted on: 3rd April, 2018 in Architecture 101

The use of insulation in the construction of a house is very important, something which was emphasised to us with the snowy weather conditions we had recently. The architectural principle outlined in this month’s column revolves around the heat loss...

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Windows and doors

Posted on: 9th March, 2018 in Architecture 101

The architectural principle outlined in this month’s column involves the use of windows and doors on a building. If you have read the previous articles in this series, then this month’s advice should seem natural and apparent, relatively quickly. A...

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Shelter and screening

Posted on: 6th February, 2018 in Architecture 101

The architectural principle around the use of shelter and screening have a number of characteristics, which affect the design of a house on a site or extension/renovation of a house. The prevailing wind in Ireland is south westerly, which affects...

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