Bespoke - airclad
AirClad is an event building system which pushes the constraints of portable buildings to enable impressive architectural design.
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Design without boundaries

Understanding bespoke design

There is a spectrum to what we term bespoke. In the simplest bespoke project we are looking at minor, yet critical amends to a standard AirClad. It could be a technical change to aid the operations, or simply intricate branding applications you need to add to a standard design. In its most complicated form maybe we are looking at your project to build a space station orbiting Mars. We know nothing is impossible.

Creating the brief

At the beginning of a project we establish the brief which will set out a list of demands in hierarchical order, as well as key constraints such as timelines and budgets. All these help to define the end product. Constraints, no matter how demanding, will allow your project to find its own unique form.

If you already have a firm concept we start rolling on to the next stage. If your initial concept is in its infancy, we will either arrange a meeting face – or if location does not permit- a conference call, to discuss these initial elements. From this we make an initial brief and proposal, which can be refined as required until you are happy that your ambitions and our understanding are in equilibrium.

Be assured we aim to keep this stage a fast fluid process. We are designers, not sales people – we need to ensure that the AirClad system is right for your needs. The briefing process for the simpler projects can be a number of days, for more complex projects requiring client feedback we will be constrained by speed of client response.

 

Your ambitions and our understanding in equilibrium

 

Scaling the idea

Initial sketch ideas

If we have a pretty blue sky demand or are trying to crate some scale to an idea we will produce some hand sketches to start a conversation. We may also use hand sketches as part of the briefing process to help understand some 3D thoughts. This stage is a non contractural one. Once we are happy with the brief and feel the initial sketches are working the right direction we need to formalise an agreement to move to the next stage. In the case of JV or other pre-agreed investments we will continue in relation to those contracts.

Computer Visuals

The next stage is to flesh out the designs and create computer visuals. All computer work is undertaken to the correct geometry and understanding of the materials and manufacturing process. We don’t create visual intents that need re-designing again. Which is why we exclusively develop bespoke designs from our Antwerp studio, as this ensures accuracy and strict alignment with the brief. These visuals can be used as marketing tools for communications, or raising the investment needed for the project.

We have the facilities to make 3D animations and fly throughs. These computer visuals, in their simplest form, can take a week to turn around, more detailed marketing visuals will need from 3 weeks and animated fly throughs need at least 6 weeks notice.

 

Rewriting the rule book

 

 

Rewriting the rule book

 

 

Rewriting the rule book

 

Technical Drawings

From the computer visuals we are able to start the digital translation process for manufacture. Production goes hand to hand with design, as do the operations. The manufacturing process is considered as important a tool as the pencil, computer or the glossy magazine you may have just been influenced by. As designers we are in the factory liaising with managers and machine operators alike. There is no hierarchy in design, everyone is critical to the process, especially the guys on the shop floor and in the field operations. Our designs and patterns maximise the production processes, we know the team who make them. We don’t just pass over the drawings, we spend a lot of time explaining the context around them, as this is where we are able to get the most feedback to keep the never-ending development of AirClad.

Manufacturing

Once the patterning is handed over we are into actual production with samples to test. We test all individual elements and test build whole structures where overall schemes need to be reviewed. The testing phase is again an open process. Testing is exactly as described, a moment to check and see all works with time contingency to refine and adjust details from this knowledge.

 

A moment to review

Test Build

Once the patterning is handed over we are into actual production with samples to test. We test all individual elements and test build whole structures where overall schemes need to be reviewed. The testing phase is again an open process. Testing is exactly as described, a moment to check and see all works with time contingency to refine and adjust details from this knowledge.

Going Live

Once the designs are signed off the shipping and operations begin. All structures will leave with a LOG book and engineering as set out from the brief and clients sign off. All these structures will follow the same principles of operation and longevity.

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