Lapointe Architects

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fire Arbour Construction Going Well

Log ring braces continued to be inserted between the trusses in the north section of the Fire Arbour. While those inserted between the top of each taller concrete cylinder followed an arched pattern, those near the ground and at scaffolding heights were horizontal. In the south section of the Fire Arbour, all log ring braces were inserted last week and sheathing for this section started. A 1 x 6 strip of Pine was placed between each pair of trusses, similar to a band in a basket, creating a form against which to bond the sheathing. Strips of Pine were then arranged, cut to fit, and drilled diagonally into the curvature of the section. The installation of sheathing on the upper section of roof proved to be more dangerous so carpenters wore safety harnesses. Once an entire section of sheathing was completed from the ground to the roof, it began to be covered with tar paper and cedar shingles.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fire Arbour Truss Erection Completed

The centre king post and bent wood trusses were erected on top of concrete column foundations using a large crane. Afterwards, log ring braces began to be inserted between and upward each truss. In the north section, long trusses with extending tips were erected on incrementally taller concrete columns and ascend into a fan pattern, while in the south section short trusses with unextended tips were erected on short, levelled concrete columns to support for the Fire Arbour’s horizontal chimney ring. Located off of the central king post just below the fan pattern, the chimney ring fastens the tip of each small truss along its circumference and holds the entire structure together.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Construction Starts - Site

Concrete cylinders arranged in a circle to be used as the foundation for the Fire Arbour's bent wood trusses were cast in place using sonotubes and the help of a large crane, while the central concrete column  to be used as the foundation for the king post was cast using only a wheelbarrow and some team effort.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fire Arbour Construction Starts - Trusses

The bent wood trusses to be used in the structure of the Fire Arbour were assembled by bending and fastening top, bottom and internal wooden beams on a jig.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Lapointe Architects Completes Design of Fire Arbour

A few months ago Lapointe Architects was asked to design a new Fire Arbour for Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (formally Whitefish First Nation) located outside of Sudbury, Ontario. The result of the design is a 1,200 sq/ft spiritual structure located on community's sacred grounds off the shores of Whitefish Lake. The form is evocative of a traditional bent sapling wigwam, but instead utilizes round logs formed into arched bow trusses. A central opening allows smoke to drift out, while low glazing provides views of the
water and mountains beyond. The structure will be clad with rough saw boards and cedar shakes and shingles.

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Monday, April 30, 2012

The Manse opening

The Manse Boutique Inn in Picton is ready to open its’ doors for May 1st 2012. The historic manse located next to the Picton United Church has been fully renovated to include a number of bedrooms and common spaces for travelers. Aspa and wine tasting cellar are located in the basement. Both exterior renovations and additions were sensitive to the character of the existing building.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Ravine House Framing Finished

Mike Holmes’ framers have completed the structure of the Ravine House. The bright orange house wrap definitely cause attention to the project!

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