Sun's out; tarpaulins are off; and our cladding is going on! In the space of a few sunny days our naked lady is getting dressed in Dimond BB900 - Flaxpod. Cladding sheets and roofing go on quickly, and then the finessing of the flashings follows to create clean crisp and more importantly - watertight lines.
Cavity battens - much debated - but the reality is we shouldn't build without them. Here we see the castellated front and back face of my chunky battens (and bevelled top edge) to shed water - required as we are in a very high wind zone, and so need to ensure good screw embedment of the fixings for our profiled sheet metal. We have an elegantly simple enclosure = SIPs + wrap + battens + cladding. Bring on the roofer!
The team on site are cracking on with the finishing touches to the exterior:- intricate flashings in black and white give the cladding crisp edges, and grooved sealed plywood soffits add warmth to the building's metal skin.
With complex junctions between angled planes, flashing details are the make or break part of our exterior cladding. This is the true test of a good roofer - one who gets inside your head, and understands what is acceptable and what is not. The best detailing in the world is no shortcut for walking around every corner and agreeing the best means of building it.
Private House in Vallée de Joux: location: Yverdon-les-Bains, Vaud, Switzerland; architect: Ralph Germann architectes; year: 2011; descrition: standing on a plot of 800 square meters, a few steps from the Lake Joux’s shores, an anthracite metallic shell shields the interior life of this house from the famous harsh climate. Built with local and environmentally friendly materials (“Minergie” Label) that envelope contains a sleek and minimalist interior.
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