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Published by adverts.structureanddesign, 2021-09-14 02:38:00

SD Issue 4 Digital

SD Issue 4 Digital

DESIGNER NOTES > The kitchen was
completely re-fitted with
KITCHENETTE new melamine faced
cabinets with elegant
• EXISTING KITCHENETTE INCL THE BAR TO BE new handles and granite
REMOVED COMPLETELY. counter tops creating
a single integrated and
• CONTRACTOR TO SUPPLY A NEW DESIGN FOR elegant work space.
THE KITCHENETTE. Granite tops were
supplied by Les Williams
• PROVISION TO BE MADE FOR A DROP- IN from Home Improvements
SINGLE BOWL AND DRAINER,GAS COOKER,POT while the kitchen units
DRAWERS,WALL MOUNTED MICROWAVE,WALL were fitted by one of
UNITS,SPICE RACKS AND AN ISLAND. Howes and Homes most
trusted contractors
• CONTRACTOR TO SUPPLY QUOTES FOR BOTH Nhamu Murwira.
THE POST FORM TOPS AND GRANITE.
At first glance the granite
• A SMALL BRICK STRUCTURE TO BE BUILT OUT tops appear to be a single
SIDE TO CONCEAL THE GAS BOTTLE. seamless piece, and it’s
only on taking a closer look
• ELECTRICIANS HAVE QUOTED ON UDGRADING that the joins can be seen.
THE DB BOARD BY FITTING NEW MCB’S AND The old door which was
A NEW BOARD. reused for the bathroom
entrance– a kind of plain,
• A PLASTER BOARD CEILING INCL STD slatted, cottagey door
CORNICING TO BE FITTED FOR THE KITCHENETTE, was preserved and now
LOUNGE, BATHROOM AND BEDROOM. looks chic and elegant in a
French Provencal style.

Larger wall tiles were hand
cut into smaller pieces to
make a splashback panel
that resembles the hippest
‘metro tiles’. Moving the
door also made space
for a new modern fridge
which together with other
up-dated appliances
brings the kitchen right
up to date.

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RESIDENTIAL PROFILE The bathroom was extensively refurbished.
Originally the toilet and bathroom had been
spate spaces but they were now combined
into one single, elegant, and more practical
space. In the new configuration a new
shower was installed as well as a new
wall mounted vanity unit, totally updating
the space. The wall tiles were cut up into
smaller squares to create a kind of mosaic
effect for the shower floor. Of course the
bathroom needed a chandelier to add a
final touch of luxury.

DESIGNER NOTES >

BATHROOM

• THE DOORWAY LEADING INTO THE BATHROOM TO BE BRICKED UP.
• A NEW DOORWAY TO BE INSTALLED IN THE CORNER OF THE BATHROOM-FRAME TO

BE RE-USED IF POSSIBLE.
• WALL FOR TOILET TO BE REMOVED COMPLETELY.
• THE EXISTING BATH TO BE REUSED,PROVISION TO ALSO BE MADE FOR A CORNER

TOUGHNED GLASS SHOWER,NEW TOILET WITH A HALF WALL AND A PEDESTAL BASIN.
• THE HALF WALL FOR THE TOILET CAN BE MADE INTO A THICK 9” WALL SO A

RECESS CAN BE INSTALLED ON THE BATH SIDE.

52 structure & design

In the main section
the owner has
furnished the space
with a selection of
old family heirlooms
including a matching
pair of antique chairs,
an ornately carved
mirror and a deco
style sideboard. The
overall ambiance
is a feel of country
elegance with a dash
of African style.

Views to the back
over the landscaped
pool area and to the
front over the lush
garden make this a
special and unique
space with echoes of
an African heritage in
an old European style.

DESIGNER NOTES CONTACT: LIZ HOWES • [email protected] • 0772 253 236

ROOF-REPLACEMENT OF THATCH
COTTAGE SIZE 13.6 M X 6.63M

• REMOVE EXISTING THATCH ROOF AND
REPLACE THE ROOF WITH BROSLEY
TILES TO MATCH THE MAIN HOUSE [AP
PROX 60TILES/SQ M]

• JOISTS WILL NEED TO BE FITTED ONTO
THE EXISTING BEAMS SO THAT THE
LEVELS CAN BE CORRECTED BEFORE
COVERSTRIP AND TILES FITTED.

• COVER STRIP WILL BE FITTED ONTO THE
EXISTING BEAMS AT 120MM SPACINGS
TO ACCOMMODATE THE TILES.

• THE EXISTING PITCH WILL REMAIN SO
THAT IT MATCHES THE MAIN HOUSE

• THE OVERHANG ALL AROUND THE
COTTAGE WILL BE 700MM

• BEAMS TO REMAIN WITH THE EXCEPTION
OF 7 OVER THE FRONT ENTRANCE
WHICH WILL BE REPLACED WITH 1.2M
BEAMS –THESE EXITING ONES ARE TOO
SHORT

• BEAMS OVER THE BACK FRENCH DOORS-
THESE WILL BE REPLACED WITH 1.2M
BEAMS AS THEY HAVE BEEN ADDED ON
AND DO NOT MATCH THE REST

• CLIENTS PAINTER WILL FILL REMAINING
BEAMS THAT HAVE JOINS WITH WOOD
FILLER AND THEN SAND BEFORE
PAINTING

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54 structure & design

www.lafargeholcim.co.zw

5457

MATERIAL FOCUS SELECT THE RIGHT PAINT

For Your DIY Painting Project

HE CHOICE of paint for the job at hand requires careful consideration; The Select Textured option is an exterior only
using the most suitable paint for the most appropriate setting will yield the wall coating that is UV-resistant to stand
best results. up to the seven year paint film guarantee
the product offers. The excellent flexibility
There is no disputing that the better the preparation - the better the finish. But before ensures the paint is tough and durable and
slapping on a couple of coats, the choice of paint for the job at hand requires careful has the ability to bridge hairline cracks.
consideration; using the most suitable paint for the most appropriate setting will yield Prominent Paints Select Textured is the ideal
the best results. Decoding the various paint formulas and finishes can be stressful paint for all exterior walls and boundary
and costly if you select incorrectly, so select a fit-for-purpose paint. walls and when used in combination with
Prominent Paints Dampcure, will prevent
Prominent Paints new Select range was launched in June and caters for the budget and combat rising moisture associated with
conscious DIY paint enthusiast without compromising quality. Prominent Paint Select exterior walls.
has a choice of Matt, Sheen and Textured options and this basic paint guide will help
you to navigate the tricky task of choosing the right paint for the right job at hand. GOOD TO KNOW > Remember that good
preparation is critical to a good, long-lasting
While it is true, colour can quickly transform a space – the choice of paint is finish so don’t skip the scraping, sanding,
equally important – perhaps even more so – so choose carefully! and cleaning and while some paints claim
to eliminate the need to prime the surface
Flat or matt paint has little-to-no shine – its – this is not advisable. Applying two coats
coarse pigments deflect light rather than absorb for long life and optimal coverage is still a
recommend norm.
it, making faults in the underlying surface less
obvious. Often thought to be a more elegant With a seven year paint film guarantee, this
finish, be aware that a matt option is prone interior and exterior high-quality, hardwear-
ing, water-based, low VOC, low odour paint,
to scuff and mark. Don’t opt for matt for high- ticks all the checks and balances when it
traffic areas or kids’ rooms – the paint will not comes to quality and affordability. Available
withstand the level of cleaning and scrubbing locally from International Coatings Co.
required. That said, the Prominent Paints Select
Matt has been engineered for its stain resistance
and is an excellent option for walls and ceilings

and suitable for indoor or outdoor paint jobs.

Sheen paints are good for children’s rooms
because it takes more wear and tear than matt
paints and easily withstands a light scrub.
Prominent Paints Select Sheen is washable
and scrubbable and a good indoor and outdoor
option with a velvet smooth finish and can be
used on correctly primed walls, metal, wood
and unglazed bricks. What’s important to re-
member is that as a rule, the higher the sheen
the better the durability.

International Coatings Co.
Unit 3,75 Robert Drive, Msasa Harare (next to Toyota Zimbabwe)
Tel: +263 (04) 487270, 482735/6, 485539; Email: [email protected]

Mt Pleasant: ICC Paint Centre, Bond Street Shops, Mt Pleasant,
Tel: 086 7700 4867 (voip), [email protected]

International Coatings Co Ts & Cs Apply

56 structure & design

Thinking of going cheap on Solar System? Think again. MATERIAL FOCUS

LOCAL VS IMPORT

• All components made of copper 1 GEYSER CYLINDER 0
• Maintenance free
• All units have electrical backup • Extremely thin stainless steel (+_0.3mm)
• 90% of units in market require anodes which need

replacing every six months
• Most units do not come with electrical backup

1 SOLAR PANELS 0

• Tubes are made of copper. Unaffected by running • Tubes are made of glass. Sensitive to variance in
and cold temperatures Water temperatures. Easily burst when running
dry as cold water cracks the tubes
• No internal seals within panel as they are all
welded copper joints • Glass tubes have rubber seals which perish and
harden within three year after exposure to UV rays
• Plumbing of panel to cylinder using standard
copper or brass plumbing fittings • Systems begins to leak once seals perish and
harden

1 INSTALLATION 0

Two Options One Option
• Installation of panel on the outside and geyser • Unit on a stand outside

within the roof (neatest option)
• Unit on a stand outside

1 GUARANTEE 0

• Entire unit comes with a 10 year guarantee which • +- 3 year guarantee but in question as imported
actually stands as locally manufactured

BUYlocaTl HERMOTEC, BUY ONCE.

AVAILABLE AT ALL LEADING WHOLESALERS AND HARDWARES

57

WE MANUFACTURE TOP QUALITY PALISADE
SECURITY FENCING IN ZIMBABWE

PRE-GALVANIZED PALISADE FENCE

PALISADE FENCE

We specialize in
Standard Panel
WE MANUFACTURE TOP QUALITY PALISADEVALUE
1.5m High and 2m High Fence.
sizes are 2m spans. Standard
SECURITY FENCING IN ZIMBABWEPpaalneeGl acposnsWaisreets1so4f0p9mePmcai(lae2ls1i0smmeamdienBoe1ftw.720emmenmhCxiegn2thme,rms1).B.5Elaamcckhhigh, 1.8m high and 2m high palisade fencing.
HR Slit and 2 Horizontal Cross memWbeersmmaakdee ooft3h0exr3h0 eights as per client request.

x3 Angle Iron. PoSsttas nardeamraddepoafnBelalcskiSzteesel.range between 2m spans and 2.5m spans.
The ‘Value Brand Fence” is PweRldCeEud-stoGtgoeAmthLeerVr. rAeNquIeZsEtsDarPe AalLsoIScAonDsEideFreEdN. CE

We specialise in 1.2m high, 1.5m high, 1.8m high and 2m high palisade fencing.
We make other heights as per client request.

Standard panel sizes range between 2m spans and 2.5m spans.
Customer requests are also considered.

VALUE PALISADE FENCE 1.5m High and 2m High Fence.
sizes are 2m spans. Standard
We specialize in
Standard Panel
Pale Gaps are 140mm (210mm Between Centers). Each

panel consists of 9 Pales made of 70mm x 2mm Black

HR Slit and 2 Horizontal Cross members made of 30 x 30

x3 Angle Iron. Posts are made of Black Steel.

The ‘Value Brand Fence” is welded together.

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(therefore no welding on the panels). 2re.5qmuespt.aSntsa.nTdhaerdsppaanneclasnizaelsorabnegme baedtewaececnor2dmingantod

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o*fPpaalenselasnadt carnosinssmtaellmatbioenr:s are made of Z275 customer request.
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mer or electrification is required. Tesa also manufacture break the galvanized colour. 45
m and *slSidtainngdaarnddPsawleinggagpasteasreto1m15amtcmh u(1p6to00thmemfebnectew. een *Over hang on posts can be manufactured if razor wire 45
centres) and 100mm (145mm between centres). 59
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floarwf.eAnscsinegmhbilgehdeprathnaenls2a.r0emin)swtahlilcehdabrye: punched with sliding and swing gates to match up to the fence.
a profiled slot which allow the vertical pales to be slid PALISADE INSTALLATION

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ture;
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ween
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d to
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sheared off preventing vandalism through disassembly. tdhrriolleudghpothset abnradcskleidtianngdonthaenpMos8t.x9O0nmcempacnueplsqaunadre

*Posts are made of Black Steel, they can be painted or cthrorosusgmhetmhebebrsachkaevteabnedetnhesepcousrte.dO,nscheeapranuelts anred

hot dipped galvanized. Tesa prefer to paint in order to

PALISADE FENCING BY TESAbreak the galvanized colour.
schroesasremdeomffbperresvheanvtiengbeveandsaelcisumredth, rsohuegahr dniustassaserembly.
sheared off preventing vandalism through disassembly.

slid
place *Over hang on posts can be manufactured if razor wire
or electrification is required. Tesa also manufacture
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s PALISADE INSTALLATIONfencing in Zimbabwe. Their aim is to provide
ted or Pltaoow2s.t0sAsMasrpeeampcblaoluaaennesdttceesorpdtpethahtieqennatuetif4caolnsa5luiolt0anlytyrdoxefpaen4litnenli5yocas0nepstasirfxnololagve6rsid0dtbope0obesltmyohr:homldoikgocdhaametls.eecespoctuuiwcnriitacthyinl b1dbu5yint dthuasttriisaal lso

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or wire
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ncil by *Terrain; Distance between surround points; Location

of entry/exit point; required height; optimal structure;

MATERIAL FOCUS MANUFACTURING

PLASTICS

ANNA TRADING is a plastics manufacturing company that provides
services to a variety of industries. Our 19 years within the industry has
given us the expertise and knowhow needed in order to produce a quality
product in a timely manner.
We are capable of manufacturing plastics for a variety of industries from the food
industry to mining.
There are several uses for polyethylene black sheeting within the construction and
the agriculture industry. The industries form the basis of the Zimbabwean economy
and any growth that may be seen in the future.
There are many ways polyethylene is being used in construction. Five main ways
would include its use in curing, as a vapour barrier, in form lining, and in tilt-up
construction. Polyethylene films are being used in curing cement because of the
preference for methods which provide for the retention of moisture rather than
for its replacement. As a vapour barrier, polyethylene films block the water vapour
coming up from the ground underneath a building. In form lining, forms are lined
with strong paper and tape coated with polyethylene. The technique is said to make
concrete smooth enough to paint without any special preparation. Polyethylene film
is also well adapted to the problem of curing tilt-up wall panels.

60 structure & design

SUMMARY OF CURRENT APPLICATIONS:

• A vapour barrier in concrete slabs, full basements • A temporary flashing
and crawl space construction. material to protect
doors and windows
• A vapour, wind and dust barrier used in wall and bays.
construction.
• Used by contractors
• A membrane for concrete slab and tilt-up to protect valuable
construction. equipment,materials
and tools.
• Bond breaker for slab bases.
• Cost-effective alternative for traditional forming

materials used to pour concrete roofs.
• A form lining materials to support paper in producing

a glass-like finish.
• A loose lining material for foundation forms.
• A protector against dust used to shield

concrete slabs.
• An important form of protection before, during and

after curing the concrete used on
construction projects.
• Often used to create a temporary enclosure to
protect concrete from natural and manmade
elements.
• A temporary glazing material.

USE IN AGRICULTURE • Rain water collection – aides in the collection of rain
water from a large surface
• Greenhouses and walk in tunnel covers - generally defined as a large structure by horizontally suspending the plastic sheeting with
in which it is possible to stand and work. A high tunnel is simply a particular form one corner lower than
of construction and many varieties can be found all over the world. Films used for the other.
this application are usually between 80um – 250um
• Any produce that would require a sustained amount
• Fish pond lining –this can be utilised for both small scale and large scale ponds, of warmth as polyethylene
particularly fish farming. Fish farming is a growing industry within Zimbabwe due can be used as an insulator.
to the low level of expenses required in its operations. They are extremely UV
stable and able to withstand a wide range of temperatures.

• Tobacco – We manufacture seed bed covers, fumigation tents, temporary barns,
as well as the black sheeting for floating trays. The object of the seed bed is to get
healthy stocky plants with compact roots ready to set in the field when the ground
and air are warm enough for them to grow rapidly and without check.

CONTACT US

Bay 3, 16 Lisburn Road, Workington, Harare
Tel: +263 4 771016, +263 4 772140,
Telefax: +263 4 771619; Cell: 0774 699 467,
0774 947 972
Email: [email protected]

www.panna-trading.com

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MATERIAL FOCUS Why Aluminium
And Glass Structures

LUMINIUM is used practically in all elements: Glazing is the technical term for fixing sheet glass into an
skylights, building bridges, shutters, ladders and aluminium frame, whether it is a window, door or skylight. If
railings. The element is present in rods, doors, correctly installed, glass can be extremely durable and strong.
stampings, wiring, bars, tubing, sheets, pipes, casting, gutters, From its transparency, glass offers many other desirable
cladding and scraps. Aluminum is applied in a wide array of qualities, including protection, safety, security, solar and sound
industrial applications. control, UV-protection, decoration and insulation.

Staircases are sometimes made of aluminium too. Buildings Heavy Duty Laminate Glass is a multiple laminate that offers
made with aluminium are virtually maintenance free due to excellent resistance to smash-and-grab-type situations, and
the strength of aluminium’s corrosive resistance. it is worth having for security reasons. Solar control: Due to
its transparency and high conductivity, glass is the weakest
A layer of insulated aluminum cladding is as efficient as stones element in any building when it comes to direct solar energy
or bricks. Aluminum can be painted and joined with other transmission and conducted heat gain and loss.
materials. This can be used to change the looks of edifices.
Carpenters and builders prefer aluminium because it is This can be combatted with a range of glass products that
versatile. It can be cut, bonded, welded, tapered and curved incorporate things like heat-absorbing tints, tinted PVB
in various shapes. Insulated aluminium cladding is also very interlayers, Low-E and solar control coatings, screen-printed
thermally efficient, keeping homes warm in winter, and cool designs and double-glazing.
in summer. One layer of insulated aluminum cladding is as
effective as four inches of brick or ten of stone. Sound control: Glass has a relatively low resistance to noise,
often allowing the transmission of unwanted sound into a
The key features that lend aluminium to these uses are building. To minimise this problem special glazing can be
corrosion resistance, low density, ductility, electrical used, including monolithic glass, laminate glass, and sealed
conductivity and strength in alloys. insulated glass units. UV-protection: Laminate glass, with PVB
interlayers, provides optimum protection against potentially
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8. Communication, lnformation, Gathering, Packaging 12. Company Visits
ZBCA proactively visits its members to learn their concerns
&UHDWLRQVand Dissemination for packaging and presentation to relevant bodies for
ZBCA provides members with the most up-to-date industry resolution. During these visits the capacity of members is
information, trends and market briefs by carrying out research established and possible solutions brainstormed.
and then packaging the information for dissemination to
members through weekly bulletins, monthly newsletters, 13. Construction Documentation
quarterly magazine, annual directory and the website. Through the National Joint Practice Committee (NJPC), ZBCA
The Association monitors local and regional information participates in developing standard documents that are easy to
sources for tender opportunities that are disseminated to understand and up-todate for use by building contractors.
members weekly.
14. Diversification of Source Markets for Suppliers
9. Library and Business Centre ZBCA trains members on how to use the Trade Map (an
ZBCA runs a library and Business centre that is accessible International Trade Center) market analysis tool useful for
to members for free and offers other discounted services identifying new source and export markets for their businesses.
to members.
MEMBERSHIP OF OTHER ORGANISATION
10. Publications
ZBCA produces weekly bulletin and monthly newsletters, ZBCA is registered with the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and
quarterly magazine; annual directory, member projects, book Social Welfare as an employer body in the construction sector. The
and CD at a discounted rate for members only. The association Association is a member of the Zimbabwe Construction Industry
also produces a member projects book where member projects Council, Joint Industrial Council, Chamber of Mines, Employers’
are showcased free of charge Confederation of Zimbabwe and the Standards Association
of Zimbabwe. The Association reports to the Ministry of Local
11. Tradeshow Marketing Facilitation Government, Public Works and National Housing and also sits on
ZBCA participates annually in selected local, regional and
international trade fairs and facilitates its members to cTHoElourthe Categorization Committee chaired by that Ministry.
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by Michael Nott

RAZIL is famous for many like to enjoy a cocktail before their meal Shopping Centre, convenient for inner city
different reasons – the relaxed and a more leisurely top class dining dwellers, day time office workers and execs,
friendly people, a multi-cultural experience. In true Brazilian style, well and easily accessible for people coming in
society, and a laid back way of life where suited to Zimbabwean tastes, both the from the suburbs.
people enjoy socialising at street side more trendy and hip front section and the
coffee shops, and excellent restaurants. more sophisticated back section offer both There was an existing old colonial style
Like Zimbabweans the Brazilians are also indoor and outdoor seating, and both are house, built around 1921 according to
crazy about football and local music and, very family friendly. the records, which had been extensively
well... just having a good time and enjoying repurposed and redesigned during
life with family and friends. Brazil is also The chosen site seemed to be perfect for nearly a century of use. Initially a private
known as one of the best producers of what the owners envisaged for their unique residence it had been converted for use as
excellent quality coffee beans and grass style of urban chic restaurant combined offices and studios, and had sadly become
fed natural beef, another two things they with a busy coffee shop. It is corner somewhat neglected and run down. One
have in common with us Zimbos. So it property on Fifth and Herbert Chitepo of the main attractions was a fairly large
seems that Harare is more than ready for a Avenues, close to the busy Fife Avenue space at the back of the house which had
Brazilian styled coffee shop combined with
a fine dining restaurant and the best place
for it to be would be in the Avenues area
around the CBD where locals are hungry
(pun intended) for a new eating, drinking
and relaxing experience!

Arplan Investments – a local Zimbabwean/
Israeli enterprise – realised the gap
in the market for this unique kind of
establishment. It’s a multi functional and
ultra-convenient venue – a coffee shop in
the front for a swift shot of your favourite
flavour of caffeine, a delicious breakfast,
a quick pizza or a sandwich or a light
lunch – while the back section caters for
more discerning customers who would

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Most developers would have simply knocked down the to create two warehouse types of structures, front
old building, which was structurally a little dubious, and back, embracing the old building on both ends.
and built the new venture from scratch. It would have The warehouses would have a kind of industrial chic
been yet another sad example of Harare’s architectural look which would be both functional and attractive
heritage vanishing under new developments. – in a New York loft kind of way – providing most of
the seating for the coffee shop and the upmarket
Fortunately the new owners were determined to restaurant. At the centre the heart of the building, and
preserve a priceless and irreplaceable part of the city’s indeed the heart of the whole establishment, would
history, and decided to incorporate as much of the old be the old historic building containing the open plan
structure as possible, as well as re-using and recycling kitchen (another unusual innovation for Harare), the
as much of the historic materials as they could. The pizza and pastry areas, the prep areas, the public
owner’s concept was to add two structures front and restrooms and facilities, and the restaurant bar.
back while still keeping as much as they could of the
original house to form the ‘heart’ or centre of the new It was a huge undertaking which involved gutting
construction. While it’s a great example of caring for most of the old house and then reinforcing the walls
and preserving the city’s historic buildings for all the with massive steel ring beams. As a lot of the interior
residents, and for our future, it would probably have walls had been removed more steel was required to
made better financial sense to simply demolish it span the new open plan layout and support the new
completely and start again from scratch. ceilings. The extensive steelwork was fabricated and
erected by Grid Transmission, often under very difficult
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invoking the colonial
history of the site. A lot
of the materials from the
demolition process were
lovingly preserved and
recycled in the new build.
The old pressed metal
ceilings were recycled to
become wall cladding,
like a kind of embossed
wallpaper, used in the
restaurant.

The Oregon pine floor
boards were re-used
as edging and cladding
strips for the counters
and the old wooden
doors were re-used in
the linking area between
the coffee shop and the
restaurant. In the central
section the wooden
cottage pane window
frames looking onto the
street were preserved,
maintaining the old
world historic charm and
character.

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FOOD DESIGN Interestingly the blend of the old and the new industrial finishes with open steel palisade fencing, allowing diners to see out to the
works well, with the two very different architectural styles blending street and the passers-by and making the whole area feel more
into a new kind of fusion. Some of the old outbuildings were connected to the bustling streetlife. Even the outside street curbs
renovated to become storage rooms and ablutions for the staff, and parking spaces were cleaned up and refreshed, showing the
while the walls facing into the back courtyard were refinished to most dedicated attention to detail. The project was a very sensitive
complement the interior design. The broken down Durawall, which example of urban regeneration – a trend which we will hopefully
was not particularly attractive, was taken down and replaced see more of in the future.

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Design to oversee every aspect of the the temperature within a moderate range, blackboard finish which can be redrawn from
project from the structural work right down also allowing the ‘ceiling’, made up of spaced time to time and with some walls clad with
to the interior design finishes. Where new wooden strips, to closely follow the roof line with the old pressed metal ceiling boards. In the
walls were needed they were built (by no wasted space. Because there’s no ceiling back courtyard part of the wall has been clad
Monolith Construction) of exposed brick to void all the architectural tectonics – like the air- in beautiful steel plates which have been
add to the loft aesthetic and also to clearly conditioning and electrical ducting is exposed. acid washed for an instant rust effect and
differentiate the old and new structures. then sealed with a clear varnish. The rusted
The steel structure in the front section The floor treatment helps to define separate steel works well with the brick and anodised
allowed for the new roof to be high enough areas, terracotta tiles for the outside areas, aluminium door and window frames. Although
to incorporate aluminium bi-fold doors with and a combination of porcelain tiles for high it’s brand new all the ‘distressed’ elements
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But the highlight of the interior design and decor –
surprisingly – is the restrooms. It shows Marx’s witty
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to detail has been lavishly used in these usually
somewhat neglected spaces. The recycled doors from
the old house are re-used here, to create a kind of
lobby area linking the front and back sections. Walls
are dressed in vintage Portuguese black and white tiles
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The open plan kitchen is the bustling heart of the
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Project ERTICAL FOREST is a model for a
Boeri Studio (Boeri, sustainable residential building, a project
Barreca, La Varra) for metropolitan reforestation contributing
Location to the regeneration of the environment and urban
Milan, Italy biodiversity without the implication of expanding
Year the city upon the territory. It is a model of vertical
2009-2014 densification of nature within the city that operates in
Client relation to policies for reforestation and naturalization
HINES Italia Srl of large urban and metropolitan borders.
Commission
Residential towers The first example of the Vertical Forest consisting of
Surface two residential towers of 110 and 76 m height, was
40.000 sqm realized in the centre of Milan, on the edge of the Isola
neighborhood, hosting 900 trees (each measuring 3, 6
or 9 meters) and over 20,000 plants from a wide range
of shrubs and floral plants distributed according to the
sun exposure of the facade.

On flat land, each Vertical Forest equals, in amount of
trees, an area of 20,000 square meters of forest. In
terms of urban densification it is the equivalent of an
area of a single family dwelling of nearly 75,000 sq.m.
The vegetal system of the Vertical Forest contributes to
the construction of a microclimate, produces humidity,
absorbs CO2 and dust particles and produces oxygen.

Mitigations. Vertical Forest helps to build a micro-climate and to Biological habitats. Vertical Forest increases
filter dust particles which are present in the urban environment. The biodiversity. It helps to set up an urban ecosystem
diversity of the plants helps to create humidity and absorbs CO2 and where a different kind of vegetation creates a vertical
dust, produces oxygen, protects people and houses from harmful sun environment which can also be colonized by birds and
rays and from acoustic pollution. insects, and therefore becomes both a magnet for
and a symbol of the spontaneous re-colonization of
Anti-sprawl. Vertical Forest is an anti-sprawl measure which aims to the city by vegetation and by animal life. The creation
control and reduce urban expansion. If we think of them in terms of of a number of Vertical Forests in the city can set up
urban densification, each tower of the Vertical Forest is equivalent to a network of environmental corridors which will give
an area of urban sprawl of family houses and buildings of up to 50,000 life to the main parks in the city, bringing together the
square metres. green space of avenues and gardens and interweaving
various spaces of spontaneous vegetation growth.

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Trees are a key element in understanding slowly get used to the conditions they will Management. The management of the tree
architectural projects and garden systems. find on the building. pots is under building regulation, as well as
In this case the choice of the types of trees the upkeep of the greenery and the number
was made to fit their positioning on the Ecology billboards. Vertical Forest is a of plants for each pot.
facades and by height, and it took two years landmark in the city which is able to depict new
to finalize it, alongside a group of botanists. kinds of variable landscapes changing their Irrigation. In order to understand the need for
The plants used in this project will be grown look over seasons, depending on the types of water, the plan for these buildings took into
specifically for this purpose and will be pre- plants involved. The Vertical Forests will offer a account the distribution of plants across the
cultivated. Over this period these plants can changing view of the metropolitan city below. various floors and their positioning.

QUICK FACTS > The project was designed as part of the rehabilitation of the historic district of Milan between Via De Castillia and
Confalonieri. It consists of two residential towers of which the largest is 26 floors and 110 meters high (called Torre E) and the smaller tower is
18 floors and 76 meters high (called Torre D). It contains 400 condominium units priced from 3,000–12,000 Euro per square metre.

It is called Bosco Verticale because each tower houses trees between three and six meters which help mitigate smog and produce oxygen. It
is also used to moderate temperatures in the building in the winter and summer. The plants also attenuate noise. The design was tested in a
wind tunnel to ensure the trees would not topple from gusts of wind. Botanists and horticulturalists were consulted by the engineering team to
ensure that the structure could bear the load imposed by the plants. The steel-reinforced concrete balconies are designed to be 28 cm thick,
with 1.30 metre parapets.

CONSTRUCTION: The construction of the towers began in late 2009 and early 2010, involving 6,000 onsite construction workers. Between
mid-2010 and early 2011 construction progressed very slowly and the towers rose by only five floors while the core rose to the seventh floor.
Construction progressed throughout 2011, and by the beginning of 2012 the structures were completed, and construction of the facades and
installation of the plants began on 13 June 2012. The building was inaugurated in October 2014.

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TECH DESIGN The VR Experience
HIFA 2017

HE VR experience is not a simple maybe a 3D model of the house you want It was there we were introduced to
one that can be explained in to build. You effectively no longer have to be the possibilities of Autodesk and its
simple means. You are immersed somewhere to feel like you are there. foray into VR, what it means to truly
and entirely introduced into another reality, experience a design. But what was
seeing and hearing a whole new world. We had a recent VR experience, powered by now important to us was the types
a local company and staged by HIFA. It was of as well as the availability of the
It might be a movie, sports, a game or breath-taking and relevant. devices we used.

HTC VIVE is a high end virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve Corporation, released on 5 April 2016. The headset is designed
to utilize "room scale" technology to turn a room into 3D space via sensors, with the virtual world allowing the user to navigate naturally, with
the ability to walk around and use motion tracked handheld controllers to vividly manipulate objects, interact with precision, communicate and
experience immersive environments. We used it with the Google App 'Tilt Brush' to paint 3D graphic artworks that you could walk through and
interact with.

Getting into our technical research, the Vive has a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The device uses two screens, one per eye, each having a display
resolution of 1080x1200.[20] The device uses more than 70 sensors including a MEMS (Microelectromechanical systems) gyroscope,
accelerometer and laser position sensors, and is said to operate in a 15-by-15-foot (4.6 by 4.6 m) tracking space if used with both "Lighthouse"
base stations that track the user's movement with sub-millimeter precision.

The front-facing camera allows the software to identify any moving
or static objects in a room; this functionality can be used as part
of a "Chaperone" safety system, which will automatically display
a feed from the camera to the user to safely guide users from
obstacles. We saw this when we tried Autodesk apps with it.

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MICROSOFT HOLOLENS

Microsoft HoloLens, known under
development as Project Baraboo, is a pair
of mixed reality smartglasses developed
and manufactured by Microsoft. HoloLens
gained popularity for being one of the first
computers running the Windows Mixed
Reality platform under the Windows 10
operating system. The HoloLens can
trace its lineage to Kinect, an add-on for
Microsoft's Xbox gaming console that was
introduced in 2010.

When using it, you do not get completely
immersed but you augment your reality.
Able to see digital objects that do not exist
in the physical world.

The HoloLens features an inertial
measurement unit (IMU) (which includes
an accelerometer, gyroscope, and a
magnetometer) four "environment
understanding" sensors (two on each
side), an energy-efficient depth camera
with a 120°×120° angle of view, a
2.4-megapixel photographic video
camera, a four-microphone array, and an
ambient light sensor.

Applications available so far

• Cortana, Microsoft's Virtual Assistant.

• Holograms, a catalog of a variety of 3D

objects that users can place and scale

around them; ranging from tigers and

cats to space shuttles and planets.

• HoloStudio, a full-scale 3D modeling • RoboRaid (previously code-named • Extended functionality for the Autodesk

application by Microsoft with 3D print "Project X-Ray"), an augmented-reality Maya 3D creation application [non-

compatibility. first-person shooter game by Microsoft in primary source needed]

• An implementation of the Skype which the player defends against a robot • OnSight and Sidekick, software projects

telecommunications application by invasion, aiming the weapon via gaze, developed by a collaboration between

Microsoft. Any user with Skype on his and shooting via the Clicker button or an NASA and Microsoft to explore mixed

or her regular devices like PC, Mobile air tap. reality applications in space exploration

etc. can dial user on HoloLens and • Actiongram, an application for staging [non-primary source needed]

communicate with each other. With and recording short video clips of • FreeForm, a joint project between

Video call On, the user on PC will see simple mixed-reality presentations using Autodesk and Microsoft integrating

the view HoloLens user is seeing and pre-made 3D virtual assets,[31] will be HoloLens with the Autodesk Fusion 360

HoloLens user will see view captured by released in summer 2016 in the United cloud-based 3D development application

PC / Mobile device user camera. States and Canada. [non-primary source needed]

• HoloTour, an audiovisual three- • An interactive digital human anatomy • Galaxy Explorer, an educational

dimensional virtual tourism application. curriculum by Case Western Reserve application about the Milky Way in

• Fragments, a high-tech crime thriller University and Cleveland Clinic development by Microsoft Studios,

adventure game developed by Microsoft • Architectural engineering software pitched and chosen by the developer

and Asobo Studio, in which the player design tools, SketchUp Viewer by Trimble community via the Share Your Idea

engages in crime-solving. Navigation was the first commercially campaign, and to be open-sourced upon

• Young Conker, a platform game available HoloLens applicationnon- completion [non-primary source needed]

developed by Microsoft and Asobo primary source needed] • A spacecraft design/visualization

Studio, featuring a young version of • A version of the Mojang video game application in development by NASA's Jet

Conker the Squirrel. Minecraft [non-primary source needed] Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

87

TECH DESIGN THE SAMSUNG GEAR VR is a mobile virtual
reality headset developed by Samsung Electronics,
in collaboration with Oculus, and manufactured by
Samsung. The headset was released on November 27,
2015.

When in use, a compatible Samsung Galaxy device
(Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+, Galaxy
S7/S7 Edge, or Galaxy S8/S8+) acts as the headset's
display and processor, while the Gear VR unit itself
acts as the controller, which contains the field of
view, as well as a custom inertial measurement unit,
or IMU, for rotational tracking, which connects to the
smartphone via micro-USB. The Gear VR headset also
includes a touchpad and back button on the side, as
well as a proximity sensor to detect when the headset
is on.

The device can be calibrated using the wheel at the top
of the headset. A trackpad is located on the right of the
device and back button is located just above it. Volume
can be adjusted through the volume rockers also found
on the right hand side

Some of the major goals Samsung set for this project
regarding hardware were: that their headset could
support MTP (Motion to Photon) latency less than 20
ms; the optimization of hardware and kernel; and also
to create Galaxy Note 4’s QHD display that enables
high-resolution rendering in the headset. The lenses
field of view is 96° for the first three models and 101°
for the R323.

We used it to view various kinds of video content
which was rich in detail, in fact, which felt extremely
realistic. We also used it for Google Earth as well as a
simulation for interior design.

Samsung also has the means to record 360 videos.
This is the best way to capture video for VR after all.

88 structure & design

GOOGLE CARDBOARD

This is the stuff to use when you want to xperience virtual reality in own viewer from simple, low-cost components using specifications
a simple, fun, and affordable way. Retailing at an impressive $9 published by Google, or purchase a pre-manufactured one. To use
the platform, users run Cardboard-compatible applications on
Get it, fold it and look inside to enter the world of Cardboard. It’s their phone, place the phone into the back of the viewer, and view
a VR experience starting with a simple viewer anyone can build or content through the lenses.
buy. Once you have it, you can explore a variety of apps that unfold
all around you. And with plenty of viewer types available, you're Through March 2017, over 10 million Cardboard viewers had
sure to find one that fits you just right. shipped and over 160 million Cardboard app downloads had been
made. Following the success of the Cardboard platform, Google
The platform is intended as a low-cost system to encourage interest announced an enhanced VR platform, Daydream, at Google I/O
and development in VR applications.Users can either build their 2016. We have not tried this one yet.

Out of the ones we tried, we can confirm the Samsung Gear is locally available and you will find prices starting from $70 to $180 as well as the
360 camera. Mobile phones that are VR ready are plenty in the market, with our own experience being a Samsung Galaxy S7.

89

DESIGN EVENT Talk about outdoor relaxation and lazy Sunday’s,
china hanging swing chairs are the next trend.
Need we say more? Just from the image, one would
know where exactly to place it, whilst you feel time
pass away in supreme comfort and serenity.

DESIGN

AT HIFA 2017

eelings that rise by the touch of someone's hand, the sound of music, the smell of a flower, a beautiful sunset, a work of art, love,
laughter, hope and faith - all work on both the unconscious and the conscious aspects of the self, and they have physiological
consequences as well - (Bernie Siegel)
Such was the impression we got from HIFA (Harare International Festival of the Arts) 2017. Ranging from theatre and dance shows and
delicious food stalls, the craft section captured our hearts the most. And of the many stalls we visited, we have selected the ones that were
most appealing to us and we thought our readers would enjoy. We hope the re-ignite your creative side and give you new ideas on what you can
add to your deco.
90 structure & design

Top of our list was the mini
cooper bonnet chair by
Samansco. What we found
captivating about this piece of
art work was how scrap was
turned into glam. If ever you
wondered what to do with the
broken down car in your back
yard, Samansco is the go to guy.

This captivating chair would do
well in your garden, facing the
pool and watching the sunset
while your sipping on some
rose’. It also wouldn’t feel out
of place at the office. You know
those hot summer days when
the heat makes it difficult to
concentrate on meeting with
your clients? When you’re
constantly distracted by
the view of that cool shade
produced by the garden tree in
the premise? Well that’s where
you can place this very same
chair. Not only does it create a unique vibe in your office garden but it also serves as a comfortable meeting space outside the office.

Wood. Yes, second on our list was the
cherry lampshade and matching side
tables by majig. Cherry is known to be
very strong hard wearing wood, it’s built
to last (imagine that). And wait for it,
generally found in antique furniture.

To spice up the lampshade, a neat tribal
print cover crowned the head of this
majestic antique piece, an African feel.

This set would look great placed either in
the bedroom or even in your study room.
Or for that wow effect, why not show it
off in your office. Its antiqueness would
be purely highlighted during those nights
when you work late in your office.

Capture those moments when you go out. Right inside the art gallery is a little cafe. A Sanctuary like its name describes. A vibrant colourful
wall is the first thing that captures your eye. Despite the friendly staff and the synchronised colourful wooden chairs, it’s a modern day Utopia.
A perfect spot for pictures; for all you selfie lovers. After a night out there, preview your images with the wall background and you will wonder
which paradise you had been in.

91

CONSTRUCTION COUNCILS PROJECT MANAGEMENT ZIMBABWE

WHY PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING

AND CERTIFICATION IS NECESSARY

By Tororiro Isaac Chaza (PMP) HARARE Zimbabwe May 2017

awanda Kurasa (real name) is on cloud 19 having failure will hinder our ability to prioritize and manage these
recently certified as a project management huge costly projects,” (Prime Minister’s Mandate on Major
professional (PMP). Like many other thousands of Projects – Gov.uk, 2011). Similar developments have been
professionals worldwide Isaac has been practicing both locally attested in countries, such as Canada, USA, most EU bloc
and abroad for the past 10 years as an Engineer, he has worked countries, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc. where governments have
in parastatals, private companies and listed companies such pronounced the setting up of capacity development policies
as Liquid Telecommunications as a Project Manager, delivering to enhance project management capabilities and attendant
projects worth millions of dollars. In terms of best practice in the governance. Governments are prompting project management
field of project management, despite possessing a Bachelor’s implementation to spearhead infrastructure development and
degree in Engineering and an MBA qualification, Tawanda was innovation for sustained global competitiveness.
not recognized as a project manager before certification. This
is the predicament of thousands of professionals out there not Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) is the Zimbabwe’s
only in Zimbabwe but all over the world. largest association of project managers, among its various
mandates, the institute provides guidelines for certification of
As the immediate past President of PMZ Mr Henry Mkhwananzi project managers. There are about 750 000 PMPs worldwide
(PMP) puts it, “It is high risk for sponsors in the public and to date, and 50% of this number are in the USA and EU
private sector, to entrust large scale projects worth millions region, while Zimbabwe has less than 100 known PMPs to
of dollars into the leadership hands of uncertified project date. While the PMP certification is the world’s most popular
managers”. PMZ research has shown that the local public sector project management credential, there are other equally good
is fraught with ‘accidental’ project managers as many people qualifications such as the PGDPM (Post Graduate Diploma in
are called to undertake project management responsibilities Project Management), CAPM (Certified Associate in Project
with little or no preparation. These ‘accidental’ project managers Management), CPM/DPM (Certificate & Diploma in Project
are selected for their managerial/technical expertise but lack Management) including the PRINCE2.
competency to deliver projects.
In support of the country’s national development plan the
In Zimbabwe and, as in most Sub-Saharan African countries ZIMASSET Program, PMZ advocates for accelerated talent
the level of project management training and certification development in the area of Project Management and Project
is nascent, albeit ominously low, given that these countries Governance, inter alia, as a prerequisite for economic growth
undertake massive infrastructural development projects. Hence support and mitigation of project failure and the consequent
projects fail due to incompetency in project management and corruption. Continued use of non-certified and untrained,
the lack of appropriate project governance thereof, giving rise to ‘accidental’ project managers will have a detrimental effect
opportunistic corruption. of monolithic project failure and corruption in the public
and private sector, and International Development project
Governments of a number of developed and emerging endeavours.
economies have gone to the extent of mandating enabling
policies geared towards the acceleration of project management It is recommended that Zimbabwe parastatals and public
talent development in the public and private sectors in order organisations implementing key national development
to spur economic growth support. A case in point is the UK programmes and projects such as ZESA, ZINARA, CAAZ, Zimdef,
Government, which innovated by setting up a central Major ZINWA to name but a few must set up Project Management
Projects Authority (MPA) in 2011, by way of a Prime Ministerial Offices (PMOs) resourced by qualified and certified project
Mandate. The reasons for setting up the MPA were cited thus, managers. The Office of the President (OPC) is the ideal
“There is currently no cross-governmental understanding of authority to set up, monitor and evaluate PMBOK based
the size and cost of Government’s Major Projects portfolio, Government portfolio and program management governance
nor of the cost and viability of the projects within it. This structures.

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