The dry stone and the different constructive systems

Last Friday I taught the second course of the dry stone stone and the different construction systems, organized by Greta and the Girona Employers' Union of Construction; within the training program in different traditional materials: wood, ceramics and mud, stone and lime.

In modern architecture the stone has gone from having three dimensions, being a block, to be just a surface skin, a placard, which is just used as a simple covering of a façade, a bathroom or an elevator.

Traditionally popular architecture has used stone; a much more limited architecture in resources and that until now has been able to maintain the advantages of the dimensional stone. Nowadays it is in the popular architecture where the architect can still play with the stone as a real constructive element.

It is increasingly difficult to find stone in our territory, since there are fewer larger quarries and less small scattered quarries, as we had before. Now we have less diversity.

It is very difficult to find stone without damaging margins, or without espoliate.

Three examples that explain our way of working:

.- Mas Marroch, from the Celler de Can Roca at Vilablareix. Unique example in Europe as new building made of dry stone Building and public concurrence.

.- El Brull, small municipality of Montseny. In this case the dry stone will serve to execute a double façade, increasing the thermal insulation with a layer of cork, in the rehabilitation of a single-family house.

.- Can Buch, in Sant Aniol de Finestres. All the original stone of the farmhouse will be reused to lift the walls again, with mortar of hydraulic lime.




The dry stone and the different constructive systems
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