Architecture Ireland profiles innovation in products, technology and materials
HP Designjet ePrinters
Whether you are working from an Irish base and sending drawings to print on site or are emailing drawings from an office in the Far East – HP offers an exciting range of web-connected HP Designjet ePrinters that make large-format printing easy and offer instant file access to architects and engineers. Users can plug in a USB flash drive or connect a laptop direct to the device to print with driverless printing; print from and scan direct to the web without a computer and preview projects through the large-format industry’s only colour touchscreen interface; and print remotely from a computer or smartphone to any web-connected HP Designjet with HP ePrint & Share. The first large-format ePrinter designed for work groups, the HP Designjet T1300e Printer helps teams to meet tight deadlines and printing peaks by offering two media rolls and smart switching as well as the ability to print up to two A1-sized prints per minute. Features such as an Embedded Web Server, which offers user access control, and Secure Disk Erase meet advanced security needs. Offering the simplicity of a plug-and-play device with the collaboration features of HP ePrinters, the HP Designjet T790 ePrinter series enables small teams to produce high-quality computer-aided design drawings while collaborating with colleagues in a connected work environment. HP ePrint & Share is a printing and sharing tool that allows designers to easily locate and access their large-format plans on the cloud, and to adjust page layouts, preview print pages and create print-ready files from a single screen. Users also can upload files with a single click while printing is in process to quickly and easily share designs with remote project teams. http://www.hp.com.
Works Space Interiors Supply CBS Outdoor Offices
Work Space Interiors have supplied cutting edge furniture for CBS outdoors’ new offices. Surrounded by spectacular views over Dublin, the 6th floor offices on Adelaide Road, Dublin feature a range of colours, shapes and textures. Products include DVO: Entity furniture and storage; Kastel: Kicca boardroom seating and Karina visitors chairs; Humanscale: Liberty operative seating; and MHR Designs: Logika 3000 double-glazed demountable partitioning with ghost posts.
Spanwall Panels Shine at Titanic
Carryduff architectural façade specialist, Spanwall, has almost completed manufacturing the stunning rainscreen cladding for Belfast’s £100m Titanic Signature Building, which will become the cultural centrepoint of Belfast city’s new Titanic Quarter Development. The iconic building will be completed in 2012 in time for the centenary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage. The myriad of geometrically complex panels, made in Spanwall’s state-of-the-art factory in Belfast, have been fixed to the façade and already are creating an iconic appearance. Spanwall director Tony Reid said “Working for the German facade contractor Metallbau Frueh with Belfast practice Todd Architects for Harcourt Construction Northern Ireland Limited on a £1.5m commission, our role was to manufacture 6200 sq m of our RF50 rainscreen system. Each elevation includes approximately 60 different geometrically complex J57S aluminium anodised panels arranged over the facades, making the building hugely distinctive”.
Forbo’s New Flex Design
Flex Design from Forbo Flooring Systems is a dramatic development of the traditional loose lay vinyl tile commonly used in retail, hospitality and offices, which furthers not just the design potential for specifiers and end users, but also provides an excellent environmental option as a result of its European manufacture, high recycled content and REACH compliance. Flex Design is a new loose lay tile collection, which has been designed to create better environments by offering the traditional access floor / modular tile format in inspirational designs and finishes, that combine well with other carpet tile and LVT ranges in the Forbo portfolio. The collection encompasses abstract and traditional woods, concrete, stone, sand and metallic woven designs, heightening the breadth of choice available for high quality, contemporary loose lay design.
Visit www.forbo-flooring.ie or call T 01 289 8898 to request a sample folder.
Article as seen in Architecture Ireland issue 257