The Westructure Sugar Cube - Steel and Timber Frame Project
"What a Frame! A piece of perfection." said Kevin McCloud on Grand Designs.
as featured on the Channel 4 programme Grand Designs - 'The Modernist/Minimalist Sugar Cube'.
Martin Pease a commercial architect, with his wife Katherine and two children, has designed and built an open plan house where the whole house and everything in it is white and 'very square'.
Using Martins ideas and design Westructure produced detailed CAD 3d image designs and drawings to take in the structural, environmental and conceptual requirements.
This allowed the prefabrication of the steel and timber frame components to be produced to exacting standards.
Grand Designs artists impression.
Quoting from the programme Kevin McCloud remarked "The steel was beautifully made... the steel just fitted... it just slotted into place in a few hours."
Continuing "This timber frame that is going in... which in itself is absolutely true... fits the steelwork - like a Dutch Boy's finger fits into a leaky dyke."
"Its such a pleasure to witness a project that runs so smooth, it allows its owners to leisurely shop for kitchens."
To watch this programe go to The Sugar Cube - to watch other episodes of Grand Designs go to Grand Designs videos.
Pictures of the way the house was constructed - place cursor on thumbnail images to see full size.
Erection of the steel structure begins
The panel ringbeams arrive on site and are attached the steel frame ringbeams so that the timber frame can be erected.
As you can see from this photo, the ringbeams are inplace to guide our timber frame to form it's shape.
Our timber frame arrives on site ...
... and is mechanically lifed off of the rigid lorry using hiab equipment.
Timber panels are placed in the correct positions onto our pre-installed soleplates.
View of steel frame ready for timber frame panels.
Part of the prefabricated posi joist walls are delivered and lifted off the lorry using a crane.
Top of steel frame.
Posi joist walls are mechanically lifted into place.
Steel frame upper floor.
Here we can see a finished wall of the timber frame structure.
Once the external walls of the timber frame are erected, our team of erectors continue with the internal walls.
The roof was also formed using posi joists.
Here you can see an internal partition to the left and on the right you can see the internal balcony that overlooks the feature window.
Showing the posi joists that form the first floor, internal partitions, the roof structure and part of the stairwell.
View from first floor looking towards feature window.
The house stairwell adds definition to the building, leading to the first floor that over looks the feature window and the ground floor.
Once the timber frame is erected, the walls are insulated and plasterboarded; the flooring is then installed.
The roof structure.
Once the roof was in place, sarking is installed to add strength and rigidity to the roof.
The glass window that transforms the house.
The back of the house.
The big glass window.
View from upstairs.
The sliding internal glass doors.
CAD 3d image showing wall structure (each colour representing a different component).
Complete model of main structure (including the fire).
Upper floor and roof.
These 3d models can be rotated and viewed from all angles before a decision is made to continue with production.