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Construmat - Barcelona, april.20-25.2009    
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Casa Barcelona shows four prototypes of sustainable dwellings

To create prototypes of dwellings that are innovative, sustainable and social, adaptable to the needs of different types of people. That was the brief that, under the direction of the architect Ignacio Paricio, four architectural practices tackled to present their best proposals with the objective of demonstrating that a structure, new or existing, can be occupied by various types of highly differing dwellings in terms of programme, content and cost. All of them were fitted into an identical space, an infrastructure composed of a 300m2-module over two heights created from prefab pieces and devised by the architectural practice Felip Pich-Aguilera. A joint effort aimed at investigating the use of new materials in order to reduce costs and apply sustainability criteria.

La Casa de las Cosas (The House of Things), by Sauerbruch & Hutton: The German practice directed by the architects Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton built a dwelling devised for an elderly 70-year-old man who lives on his own. The apartment took into account the different situations that may arise, such as problems of mobility, visits from relatives or the need for space in which to store objects and souvenirs collected throughout a lifetime.
www.sauerbruchhutton.de

The Rolling House by Andrés Jaque: A house shared by young professionals, a boat house, a house for Erasmus students. Sharing a house is becoming increasingly commonplace and defies the shape in which the dwelling has been devised in recent decades. This idea has attracted the attention of the architect Andrés Jaque, who proposes an apartment dominated by the communal spaces. In a prominent spot, in the centre of the dwelling, is the bath-planter or an intermittent lavatory that closes only when it is about to be used. All this does not renounce the small private spaces, with capsules transformed into individual rooms that can be transformed into a small sitting room or a wardrobe.
www.andresjaque.net

Space for relations and sharing by Carme Pinós: The dwelling conceived as a flexible order that adapts to the different events that occur during the day. The practice of Carme Pinós developed an apartment model for a family with two children that sought to avoid conventional partitioning rules. It was divided into three zones: in the first one were the bathrooms, kitchen, cupboards and corridor; in the second, the rest of the dwelling as an open-plan space and the third one was used as the external facade to form a strip for working and a storage space.
www.cpinos.com

Simple Manufacture Apartments de Xavier Claramunt: The proposal of this dwelling focused on a young, childless couple, built with a minimum of indispensable facilities and the minimum possible amount of material for living in it comfortably. Xavier Claramunt created a dwelling that focuses on sustainability criteria, with interesting proposals such as the ceiling, the double facade or combined fabric partitions throughout the dwelling.
www.equip.com.es

 

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Green Box, towards a new architecture

“The first modular, prefabricated, transportable garden dwelling that does not generate waste”. That is the definition given by the architect Luis de Garrido of his new construction proposal, which seeks to become an international benchmark in the field of sustainable architecture, as it comprehensively complies with all the known indicators. The prototype is self-sufficient and does not consume conventional energy, as it is supplied by means of geothermal and solar energy. It does not require connection to the electrical grid and offers thermal self-regulation thanks to its design, created to obtain the best possible bioclimatic performance.
The interior is completely open-plan and its architectural structure allows for any type of interior partitioning. In this way the dwelling can be expanded, reduced or modified without the need for building works and does not generate waste. It can also be easily repaired, as all its parts are dry-assembled and can be recovered, repaired and replaced by others. The load bearing structure is made from prefab reinforced concrete panels, wood-cement sandwich panels and metallic panels.
One of the most visible elements of the structure is its landscaped, sloping and accessible roof that features a continuity with the surrounding ground and its vertical garden, built from cellular polyethylene panels screwed on to a metallic load bearing structure. Both elements are made from local Mediterranean plant species, require minimal maintenance and provide a suitable balance between insulation, thermal inertia, breathability, oxygenation and lighting.

www.luisdegarrido.com

 

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Construmat 2009 Prizes

The 13th edition of the Construmat Prizes to Technological Innovation recognised in the Civil Engineering category the construction and development of the Gran Vía road and plaza de Europa of l’Hospitalet in Barcelona. The jury particularly valued the improvements in the area that have managed to open up this entrance route and renew the appearance of one of the accesses to the city of Barcelona, as well as improving the environment of the avenue. The works have been carried out by the team formed by the architects Humbert  Costes, Albert Viaplana and David Viaplana.
The Construmat Prize to Construction, in turn, went to the Spain Pavilion at the Zaragoza 2008 Expo, the work of the architect Francisco J.Mangado, for representing a clear commitment to ecological and sustainable architecture without renouncing an aesthetically spectacular look. This construction includes peculiar elements such as the clay pillars of the exterior facade, which help to create a microclimate that insulates it from outdoor temperatures, as well as the roof, transformed into a container of energy through solar and water collectors.
In the Products for Construction section, the Construction Processes Prize went to the Fipro Platform of the company Layher. The Omega Zeta panel by Circa has won the prize to the best product for Structures and Enclosures and the ECO surface by Cosentino has been recognised with the prize to the best product for Insulation, Cladding and Installations.

www.premiosconstrumat.com

 

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The New Wine Architecture

The SIDI space hosted the exhibition “The New Wine Architecture” organised by On Diseño magazine. The show featured a selection of 27 architectural works connected with the world of wine-making built on Spanish territory in the past ten years by architects such as Zaha Hadid, Rafael Moneo or Santiago Calatrava. The exhibition featured, besides the wineries that dot the Spanish territory, a centre for the promotion of wines, a boutique and a hotel.
This was the second occasion for viewing this exhibition, which was shown for the first time in the polyvalent SIDI space, the SIDISPOT, in the German city of Cologne as part of Passagen 2.009.
In addition, a selection of the most outstanding works of the show, together with a compilation of wine and cava wine labels and bottles, will be the protagonists of issue no. 302 of On Diseño magazine, due to go on sale in late June.

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Technical Sessions

This year’s edition of the fair featured an extensive programme of technical sessions, seminars, conferences and congresses that tackled key issues for the future of the sector. Topics such as the energy efficiency of buildings, sustainability criteria or the extension of normalisation were given an in-depth treatment during these six days.
Particularly noteworthy is the announcement by the Housing Minister, Beatriz Corredor, of the coming into effect of the new noise regulation, which triples the requirement for acoustic insulation in dwellings. Also treated in-depth were topics such as the prevention of risks in the workplace or the current situation of the sector, with a session in which different representatives from the Public Administrations presented their aid programmes for tackling the crisis.

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ON new products
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.Haro
Designer: Francesc Vilaró
Company: Blux

Fixture with the body in white-coloured polyethylene framed by a square-shaped stainless steel element. It is available in the finishes black, white, stainless steel and green. It operates as a circular fluorescent lamp that combines the decorative effects of the dark centre, the shiny circle and the orthogonal perimeter. Its design is inspired in a solar eclipse that emits light from a circle of darkness. It is manufactured in a surface-mounted and in an embedded version. It is resistant to UV rays and can be fitted both indoors and out, as it comes with IP54 protection.

www.grupoblux.com

 

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.Bubo
Company: Leds C4

Range of technical projectors for directed and flexible lighting. It permits a great deal of variety of movements and different orientations to achieve staged effects. The lights are mounted on an electrified rail that allows them to be easily shifted from one place to another. It can incorporate a wide supply of lamps, including low-consumption ones. It features orifices arranged strategically to ensure the right convection-driven ventilation flow. The operating equipment is housed in an independent cavity to ensure appropriate thermal insulation and the proper operation of the lamp. The rotation of the projector on the horizontal axis is 355º and the vertical axis 112º. The lamp can be easily replaced by a simple twist and extraction of the front locking element without the need to use tools.

www.leds-c4.com

 

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.Dualflow
Company: Mediclinics

Range of automatically operated hand dryers that prevent water falling on the floor while hands are being dried thanks to a collection tank. The dryers achieve optimal drying in 12 seconds through over 300 air outlets. A proximity infrared sensor detects the presence of inserted hands and starts the machine. They have reduced electrical consumption during use, with automatic switch-off after 23 seconds of continued use. They features a selective filter that permits eliminating bad ambient odours and provides antibacterial protection. Available in different colours, in white-coloured ABS, ABS finished in gloss imitation steel and ABS finished in satin imitation steel.

www.mediclinics.com

 

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.Vases
Designer: JM Ferrero
Company: Vondom

Collection of planters, furniture and lighting made from recyclable material through the use of the rotational moulding technique. Its design is inspired in diamond cutting. The island, composed of a bench and a flowerpot, and the planters incorporate a self-watering system and permit integrating a low-consumption or LED bulb. The lamps are available in the floor, pendant or table versions.

www.vondom.com
www.estudihac.com

 

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.Circular
Company: Eclisse

Counterframe for sliding door with two opposing curved leaves in a plaster and plasterboard version. It can be customised with accessories to achieve maximum functionality in the room. It can easily be inspected to ensure optimal sliding of the door at all times. It includes an anti-corrosion treatment.

www.eclisse.it

 

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.CorUrban
Company: Cortizo

Window with a concealed double leaf measuring 122 millimetres that permits quadruple glazing with a thermal transmittance of 1.35 W/ and up to 50 decibels of acoustic insulation. It has two interior opening possibilities, 1 or 2 leaf oscillating and 1-leaf guillotine window. It can incorporate a venetian blind or roman blind, manual or motorised, inside the inner 50-millimetre chamber. It is available in lacquer in the RAL colours, in imitation wood, antibacterial lacquer and anodised. The thickness of the window profile is 1.6 millimetres.

www.cortizo.com

 

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.Lumeal
Company: Technal

Sliding window with concealed leaf with high thermal and acoustic performance that equals the applications of a leaf window. With the design of its lateral profiles the double-slat effect is avoided, as the sliding leaf is concealed behind a frame. It only shows 68 millimetres of aluminium from the outside, thus gaining in glazed surface. It boasts an acoustic attenuation index of between 36 and 38 dB, with values achieved through the replacement of the felt with EPDM plus between the two leaves. Its thermal transmission ratio is UH= 1,6 W/m2K.

www.technal.es

 

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.Sit
Designer: Lievore Altherr Molina
Company: Andreu World

Chair with a metallic structure in tube and rod finished in paint and matt chrome. The seat and backrest are in polypropylene in colours and are upholstered in fabrics from the firm’s catalogue. It stands out for its functionality and polyvalence. It can include a stacking and numbering system, a stacking and transport trolley and a writing tablet.

www.andreuworld.com

 

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.Essential Dual
Company: Scrigno

Pre-frame for embedded sliding doors with a design that has eliminated all external elements and reduced to a minimum the part of the finish that is outside the wall. The frame is also reduced to the essentials, eliminating joint covers and frames. It can be fitted on normal 8-centimetre perforated brick walls with a final, on-site-finished thickness of 10.5 centimetres. The thickness of the door leaves is 10 millimetres. It is available in a one-leaf version for plastering with span widths of 120, 140 and 160 centimetres and with standard heights of 200 and 210 centimetres.

www.scrigno.net

 

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.Top Tek
Company: ACO

Range of enclosure lids with the cavities lined for the interior of a building or outdoor public areas. It offers suitable watertight locking with rapid access to control the proper piping of water, utilities or plumbing. They are available in stainless or galvanised steel or in an aluminium alloy and are completely air- and watertight. They are suitable for many different floors or filler surfaces such as concrete, cobblestones, tiles, vinyl or resin and support loads that go from class A15 to C250 as per norm EN124. Also included is a lid model with a solid and non-slip surface for places with a damp or corrosive atmosphere.

www.aco.es

 

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.Dual
Designer: Núria Miguel
Company: Onadis

Urban bench made from a combination of two recycled materials. On one hand it includes Syntrewood, created from recycling urban waste from the selective collection of receptacles and on the other from GDP, which is a concrete with a high percentage of recycled aggregate from demolition waste. The properties of these materials achieve elements with low maintenance and resistance to outdoor conditions that can be recycled.

www.onadisrecicla.com

 

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.Designjet T1120 SD
Company: HP

Large-format multifunction printer that permits copying, scanning and printing all types of technical documents. It prints A1-sized documents in only 35 seconds and PLT, PPT, PDF in batches simply by pressing a button. It reprints files without the need to reconfigure and entire projects through the selection of a batch. It creates detailed drawings with line precision of 0.1% and 0.02 millimetres minimum line width.

www.hp.com

 

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.Bathyscafocus Hublot
Designer: Dominique Imbert
Company: Focus

Fireplace shaped like a hanging sphere pivoting at 360º made from steel in a thickness of 2.5 millimetres. It has a weight of 35 kg and a diameter of 70 centimetres. It is convenient to open. Its performance is 75.7% for carbon monoxide rates of only 0.26 to 0.28%. The pipe length is bespoke.

www.focus-creation.com

 

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.Golf
Company:Ark+ (Porcelanosa Grupo)

Double bench with a seat on either side. The structure is in steel and the seating surface in ABS with a circular design and frosted finish. Its measurements are 200x105x90 centimetres.

www.ark-plus.com

 

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.ABS
Company:Krona

Muffled locking system for sliding doors that consists of a device that slows down the closing movement of the door and accompanies it in a gentle movement. This system is similar to the automatic closing mechanisms used to close high-end kitchen drawers. This option keeps the door from slamming and eliminates the noise of the door impacting against the frame.

www.k-group.com

 

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.Photovoltaic facade
Company:STO

System that integrates the collection of photovoltaic solar energy with a ventilated facade. It operates through hanging modules that leave the back chamber open. The central part is a load bearing sandwich panel of expanded glass 20 millimetres thick that houses photovoltaic cells, with a weight of 10kg/m2. It permits concealed fixing thanks to the grip supports at the back of the panel and the independent replacement of each one of the parts.

www.sto.es

 

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.Vision
Designer: Franco Mirenzi y Vittorio Paggi
Company:Bordonabe

Glass partition screen with an extremely thin profile -4 centimetres high and 6.5 centimetres wide – without vertical structures. It provides optimal soundproofing levels with a minimal thickness of 65 millimetres thanks to its system of double glazing. It provides sound absorption of 38 decibels. The panes in the screen are joined together by means of transparent 0.8-millimetre polycarbonate or aluminium and offers technical solutions such as placing a motorised blind between the two panes to modulate the entry of light or the pre-wiring of the frame.

www.bordonabe.com/

 

   
 
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.Technical floor
Company: Escofet 1886

Highly colourful technical floor that stands out for its high levels of strength and reduced thickness. It can be manufactured in large formats and is suitable for use both indoors and out.

www.escofet.es

 

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.Microcement
Company: Topcret

Smoothing cement 2 millimetres thick that can be applied on multiple surfaces. It is suitable for floor and wall cladding and can adhere with complete firmness to any material, whether cement, concrete, metal, plastic, asphalt, mosaics and even smooth ceramics.

www.topcret.com

 

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.Intelligent blinds
Company: divu*Ciencia

Blinds developed from intelligent fabrics that give them innovative applications and properties. Six different prototypes have been created, according to the needs of each one of the rooms in the home. Kitchen blinds have repelling properties to oil and incorporate a stain- and odour-resistant system as well as acoustic insulation thanks to a sandwich of fabrics with foam, among them a 3D fabric. For the bedroom, jasmine micro-capsules and a mosquito-repellent treatment have been incorporated. Another prototype includes 3-millimetre LEDs that can change colour and integrate different digital devices such as a clock and a temperature indicator. The version for the bathroom has fungus-resistant and water-repellent properties achieved through the technological application of plasma, as well as a thermo-electrical acclimatising system controlled by means of an indicator integrated in the end of a rod that shows the status of the blind.

www.divuciencia.com

 

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.Sparkle Light Guide
Company: Advanced Fiber Optics

Solutions for fibre blinds that emit light and sparkle both from its transparent coating and from its end. They are suitable for applications in decorative blinds, bespoke lamps or hanging decorative elements. They permit installations of up to 60 metres using 150W or 250W discharge light sources, and can dynamically change in colour.

www.afo.es

 

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.Panelate
Company: Panelate

Decorative cladding system made from MDF or available in coloured fibreboards, with a low formaldehyde content and through the use of organic waterproof, high-density colourings.

www.panelate.com

 

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.Saima
Company: Gabarró

Wood veneer for floors with fine lines that create changing reflections when the light strikes it and give the floor a dynamic appearance. It can be laid in several directions and is available in a wide diversity of finishes.

www.gabarro.com

 

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.Eco
Company: Cosentino

Surface composed of 75% recycled materials, noteworthy among which are porcelain, glass, mirrors or vitreous ash. It is available in 10 different finishes, with colours that go from diamond white to starlight black.

www.cosentinogroup.net

 

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.Evaglass
Company: Vidres Viola

Tempered glass that allows different materials such as wood or paper to be inserted. It offers high levels of safety under strong impact or in case of breakage, and prevents cuts caused by the fragmentation and detachment of the glass.

www.vidresviola.es

 

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.Vinyl 03
Company: Vescom

Vinyl lining for walls that stands out for its metallic sparkle. The light, when striking the designs from various angles, enhances but does not predominate over the other elements.

www.vescom.com

 

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.Rubber tiles
Company: Degom

Made from recycled rubber, they are sourced from reject tyres, polyurethane binder, pigments and other auxiliary chemical components.

www.degom.com