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Friday, 19 April 2019

Happy Easter from all the team at Europlan!!!





Τα γραφεία της εταιρείας θα είναι κλειστά την Πασχαλινή περίοδο, από 22 Απριλίου, με επιστροφή στις 30 Απριλίου

All of our offices will be closed for the Easter period on the 22nd April and returning on the 30th April

Все наши офисы будут закрыты со 22 по 30 апреля включительно на Пасхальные каникулы.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Apple pledges support to Notre-Dame as funds pass €600 million mark


Apple has pledged to donate to help rebuild Notre Dame cathedral after the fire

Apple has joined the list of donors who have pledged to support restoration of the fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, with total donations now exceeding €600 million.


Tim Cook, CEO of tech giant Apple, said he was "heartbroken" at the news of the fire, which broke out on the evening of 14 April.

"Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame’s precious heritage for future generations," he wrote on Twitter.

The amount Apple will contribute has not been disclosed.

Money and support floods in

French President Emmanuel Macron promised this morning that the centuries-old Notre-Dame Cathedral, which had been undergoing restoration works at the time of the fire, would be rebuilt and donations have poured in from around the world.

The first pledge came from the Pinault family, owner of fashion conglomerate Kering and investment firm Artemis, which offered €100 million (£86 million). This was followed shortly after by Bernard Arnault, owner of luxury brand LVMH, who offered €200 million (£173 million).

Owners of L'Oreal, the Bettencourt Meyers family, have also donated €200 million according to Sky News, while the CEO of French energy company Total has promised to donate another €100 million.

Notre-Dame Cathedral on fire
It took firefighters nine hours to get the blaze under control

This, along with additional funding ring-fenced by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and Ile-de-France president Valerie Pecresse, bring the total above €600 million (£518 million).

In addition, Aviation companies Air France and Air France-KLM have promised free transport for anyone involved in the re-construction process.

Hope for reconstruction after fire

Fire raged through the 850-year old French landmark for nine hours as fire fighters battled to save the gothic cathedral and its priceless artefacts. While much of the roof and the spire were lost, the main stone structure has survived including the two bell towers, the altar and the stained glass rose windows.

According to experts the survival of the stone structure was down to the skill of the original medieval architects and stonemasons.

"It's a wood-vaulted building, the stone vaulting of the church was developed in the 12th century as a hedge against fire," Paul Binski, professor of the history of medieval art at Cambridge University told Dezeen.




"The wooden roof will have collapsed onto the top of the vaults, the stone vaults will have inhibited the fire damage on the inside of the church," he added.

"I'm optimistic that they'll be able to [rebuild], but it will take time and money."

Rebuild could take 10 years

The rebuilding process will take at least 10 years, possibly decades, depending on how stable the fire-ravaged stone is. Assessments of the damage are currently underway.

Artworks that were saved from the fire will be stored at the Louvre art gallery in Paris for safekeeping, reported the Guardian.

Main image by Dan Kitwood for Getty Images.

Scullion Architects builds Blackrock House in meadow on the Irish seaside


Blackrock House by Scullion Architects

Scullion Architects has built a L-shaped  brick  house with sloping roofs on the outskirts of a seaside village near Dundalk, Ireland .


Embedded in a meadow, Blackrock House is home to a retired couple who wanted a low-energy home with plenty of natural sunlight through the day.

Blackrock House by Scullion Architects

Scullion Architects designed the house as a series of volumetric forms that refer to the surrounding local farm buildings, which are typically added to over time forming a "larger conglomerate".

The single pitched roofs fan out from the central patio, with the higher elevation extending to a row of recently built adjacent houses.

Blackrock House by Scullion Architects

In the predominantly red-brick town of Dundalk, Blackrock House uses a subtly lighter brick to complement the earthy palette of the meadow.

The three-bedroom house occupies the end plot of a residential development built on the outskirts of the city.

Blackrock House by Scullion Architects

"When they bought the site, we walked the field with them to identify where the natural position for the house would be," said Declan Scullion, founder and director of the Dublin-based studio.




"The project was born conceptually when we levelled a square terrain on the site plan which, due to being positioned midway up the slope, was half-embedded in the slope at its top northern end and half-elevated at its opposite south end."

Blackrock House by Scullion Architects

Arranged around this patio, the house's L-shaped layout is designed to fit into the meadow's sloped side.

The stepped ground floor mirrors the topography, descending to create a partly sunken living room with a central fireplace.

The house's varying levels allow the owners to look out on the surrounding area, with sliding glazed doors in the living room giving uninterrupted views towards the meadows.

Blackrock House by Scullion Architects

In contrast to the open living-spaces, the master bedroom on the ground floor is designed for privacy. The bedroom has a large clerestory window and opens out to a walled garden, which gets sunlight from the early morning to afternoon.

The house's insulated fabric, flush brick mortar joints and triple glazing ensure low energy consumption all year round.

Blackrock House by Scullion Architects

Scullion Architects previously renovated a Georgian property to create a light-filled "upside-down house" near Dublin's dockyards.

Other new residential projects in Ireland include a heritage-protected house extension built from recycled brick .

Photography is by Aisling McCoy  unless otherwise stated.