Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Pavilion gets some love!
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Summer 2015 Domework

The past summer's domework was a whirlwind of 
construction tasks and creative projects. 

There was simply no time to keep up with the blog posts, 
so in the "better late than never" category, I will be posting 
lots of images of what we accomplished during the next few 
weeks, as well as info on what to look forward to 
next Spring at The Pavilion.

From the North, looking down the valley.
 We needed more space in the interior for amenities, 
but did not want to infringe on the space of the dome itself. 
 


 From the NorthEast. 
Creating additions onto a geodesic dome is notoriously 
difficult. Since we did not want to 'interrupt' the shape 
of the dome, we thought it would be interesting to make 
a collision between the form of the dome, and the local 
architectural vernacular of the single-sloped tin roof 
rancher's shed.
From the NorthWest
We thought of the additions as an interesting collision 
between two very different kinds of buildings, like an 
illustration of two  worlds colliding, visually linking the form 
of The Pavilion to it's context in rural Heffley Creek.


From the South.

Following the scale of the dome's triangles (the widest edge 
being roughly 4'), we simply removed triangles to create 
passageways into the addition areas.
 
We created a 9'x18' rectangular addition to contain 
kitchen/bath, a 9' wide double sliding door over the deck 
with a sloped awning to protect from the hot summer sun, 
and a 4' x'4 mudroom to the North.

A thousand thank-you's to Vancouver-based architect 
Christian Kliegel for helping us with the sketchup models.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Back to the Domestead, 2015 
   
Heading back to the Pavilion after another 9 months in Germany, we weren't sure what to expect: when we left, we had just completed the roof, installed the windows, and the last bits of wood siding had been installed after our departure, meaning we didn't even really know what it looked like as a whole.

 The entire exterior shell had been an experiment: the folded sheet steel application should have worked in theory, but how did it winter? And how did our non-conventional, unwarrantied triangular windows actually perform?

Fortunately, we discovered that the interior was bone-dry, and that both the roof and the windows performed beautifully!  
We were also very pleased with the look of the siding: seeing it all installed really brought a cohesiveness to the exterior. 
 
 This summer of dome-work was very jam-packed, as Kevin and I are developing some collaborative projects that I am excited to share, as well as more posts about the infrastructure work we completed this year, so now that we are back on the internet, stay tuned for more posts in the very near future! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

 Triangular Windows!

 The steel roof was completed beautifully, with each 
piece needing to be painstakingly measured and cut 
individually (Thank you Darcy and Dave at Focus 
Roofing!), and so we were finally ready to install 
all the windows and doors:

  
Kevin and Stephanie installing our triangular 
windows on the dome surface using a pallet 
on tractor forks to reach.

 
We worked with local window manufacturers Desmond 
Industries to come up with a triangular window/skylight 
design we all felt would work. 

Since the windows are on a steep slope, we designed 
windows that would be flashed on 2 sides, and have an 
overhanging glass edge on the low side to shed snow, 
ice and water, an oldschool skylight technique.


The Siding!
 
Here you can see the dome from the South with all 
the windows and the sliding glass door to the patio 
nicely installed!

At the same time, we started installing the reverse 
board and batten fir siding, which you can see Paul 
here working on in the 38 degree heat.

 First, we ripped all the 6" boards down into 4" and 2" 
widths to create the profile we desired, and stacked 
them so that the air could cure them before installing. 

Then, with the help of family and friends (Thank 
you Jen Weih, Marianne Bos and Joan Schmidt!), 
we stained front and back and all sides of each 
board...which only took about two weeks!

 

Ladder love...

 The rough-hewn, black stained fir will also be applied in wider, 
horizontal strips to cover the facia, above.

View from the North looking South down the Valley. 
Note the 2 skylights we installed in the addition: 
one in the kitchen, the other in the bath.  
Thanks for those, Ross!

 The siding crew enjoying a cold one (or three) at the end of a 
very hot day of installing black siding in the sun. 
Thanks Paul, Hank, Stephanie and Keith!
 The dome nearing the final stages of completing the exterior....
just a bit more siding to go!

Thanks to friends and family who made the trip up this year to pitch in and help: Ron and Joan Schmidt, Jen Weih, Kahn Lee, Marianne Bos, Suzanne Ward, and Brendan Tang, we could not have done this without your help!!
And of course a million thanks to Jane Irwin and Ross Hill, 
project patrons and amazing friends.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  
 New Update:
The Roof!

After much deliberation, we chose 4 triangles on the dome surface to be our windows.

Then, Darcy at Focus Roofing got busy adding the ice and water shield layer to waterproof the dome.

 We decided to go with a flat-stock, 26 gauge steel cladding using a combination of folded and standing seams.

Here is a detail of how the roof sections meet, and we think it looks great! It's like stealth-bomber steel origami, and Focus s doing a terrific, if painstaking job.
More updates soon as we complete the dome roof, install the windows and finish the siding on the addition areas.
Wish us luck!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Back to the Domework 2014!
 
Kevin and I are back to the Domework after an exciting year and a half in Berlin.

We started the whole endeavor with getting a kitten, and doing a smudge on the old Farmhouse, where we will stay until the Dome is ready...

Meet Laser Beam, a lean, mean mousing machine!


This is the year to get the building envelope complete, meaning the roof, windows and doors, so that the structure will be safe from the elements.

First, we needed to construct the South-facing awning, so that the roof can shed over this area, which also meant we had to lay the joists for the deck, a 22' hexagon with a view over the beautiful valley:




Next we got to work digging a deep trench for the water to the dome:






Next steps: getting triangular windows into the dome exterior, siding on the additions, and steel cladding on the dome itself.
We are super happy about how this is all shaping up, and so grateful to everyone who is working hard to make this happen. 
In particular: Jane Irwin and Ross Hill, and Christian Kliegel, who is lending his architectural expertise to the project.

More to come soon!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Wrapping it up for this Season

After months of hard work, we got the kitchen/bathroom and 
foyer additions framed and sheeted.

This is how it looks from the south, with the 
kitchen/bathroom windows oriented to look down 
the valley over the hay fields. 

You can see the concrete footings in front, ready for the 
22' hexagonal deck to be placed on top. 

We replaced the 5 triangles and 3 rectangular pieces, 
closing in the space that will one day be a sliding 
door and windows.

This is a view from the other side of the dome, 
which shows the small entryway.

 
Here is Paul placing the large, heavy-duty tarp gifted to us 
from Barnaby Killam of Red Flag design over the dome 
to keep it relatively dry until we can come back and roof it.
  
We can't wait to get back to it and see this building with a
 roof, windows and doors, the awning over the deck, the 
deck itself, not to mention the septic system, electrical, 
insulation, interior, and the mezzanine.... 

Wait for it!

Thanks again to all the suport from Ross Hill and Jane Irwin 
in helping this project come to life. 
Also many thanks to all the friends, family and neighbors 
who pitched in this year.