Project Description

1. Two Architecturally Designed Houses

The project consists of two houses, requiring some unique design to meet the architectural design intent and features.

 

2. Suspended Floors

The ground floor above the basement/undercroft is constructed using a suspended concrete floor, with a span of up to 7 meters. This floor uses a suspended concrete floor system. Additionally, the first level uses Hebel flooring.

 

3. Lower Level Construction

The lower level of the house consists of all-concrete construction, featuring an undercroft garage, a wine cellar, and a lift for access to the upper floor.

 

4. Double Cantilevered Roof

The roof structure is designed with a double cantilever, extending out to create an open balcony. This cantilevered roof is supported by innovative structural framing while maintaining the architectural design intent.

 

Testimonial

Challenges

1. Load Path and Consistency

The interconnected front of the house, where the roof is supported by columns resting on floor bearers, presented challenges in ensuring a consistent load path throughout the structure.

 

2. Optimization of Design

To achieve an efficient and optimized design, multiple iterations were needed to ensure that the load distribution was consistent and that unnecessary beams and columns were removed.

 

3. Space Constraints

The architectural design provided constraints limiting the structural space for beams / columns and bracing. This required innovative solutions to address structural requirements without compromising the architectural intent.

Solutions

1. Load Path Optimization

Multiple iterations were conducted to ensure that the load path remained consistent and structurally sound. This likely involved analysing how forces travel through the interconnected elements and columns to ensure proper load distribution.

 

2. Beam and Column Removal

Through the iterative process, unnecessary beams and columns were identified and removed, streamlining the structural design and potentially reducing construction costs.

 

3. Innovative Design Elements

To address the lack of space for beams, a suspended concrete floor slab was designed to serve as a beam, allowing load distribution without compromising on architectural elements.

The project highlights the close collaboration between architecture and structural engineering. It demonstrates the importance of finding innovative solutions to challenges, especially when architectural considerations and structural requirements intersect. The iterative design process and optimization efforts are critical in achieving a safe, efficient, and visually appealing structure.

I had a bit of a false start with a previous engineer, who wasn't really meeting our requirements to get things underway. Raj came to the rescue to some degree, because we were anxious to get things started. He was fantastic, jumped on it straight away, and has been very proactive problem solving many issues we encountered with this build.
David Thompson
ASE helped us on various projects from large scale solar projects to transportable buildings, detailed design services... We get support from Raj's, and quick turnaround times and they're willing to walk the extra mile with us.
PSD Energy
When I contacted Raj he was very attentive, and responsive. There was a few tricky components to [this project] and he was great at listening and brought forth some ideas. It was a no-brainer.
Gary
Adelaide Abundant Life Centre
David Thompson
PSD Energy
Gary
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