Wolfgang Weileder. HOUSE MADRID (technical data)


AII technical requirements are based on the structural engineers report for house-Madrid from ARUP, Newcastle (see attached copy).

R.BAU Limited have agreed to be the principal builders of house-Madrid. R.BAU Limited will carry out all construction and de-construction work of the project. This includes the setting out of the wet course (first course in normal mortar) and the construction of the thin joint block work. Operational and site management, site perimeter and perímeter safety are the responsibility of R.BAU Limited.

Site maintenance, material handling, deconstructing the project and cleaning up of the site on completion of the project are carried out by R.BAU Limited.

R.BAU Limited will ensure that health and safety regulations as applicable to building works are followed by its employees. However the company will not be responsible for ensuring the compliance of other partners in the project or accept liability for the safety of the site except for factors directly attributed to the company's works.

The blocks required for house-Madrid will be sponsored by THERMALlTE, Birmingham. THERMALlTE has agreed to deliver the blocks to the site in Madrid.


Materials and tools to be organized by Madrid Abierto:
- Scaffolding
Two heavyweight braced scaffolds (height of 6m and ea. 4m width)
A scaffolder from Madrid should put up the scaffolding for the workers.
- Fencing
Fencing for the storage area and the site
- Hoists
Two hoists to get the material up the scaffolding.
- An electrical mixing-whisk
(To mix the thin joint mortar)
- 20 bags of cement and 0.5 tonne of sand
(For the first wet course)
- A cement mixer
To mix the mortar for the first wet course
- 4 buckets
- A skip
(For the material waste)
- 12 timber lintels:
Rough sawn timber 25mm x 200mm x 1200mm
- damp proof membrane 50cm wide, 50m long
4 shovels

Materials and tools to be organized by R.Bau and THERMALlTE:
- R.Bau will provide the hand tools, helmets and other misc.
THERMALlTE will provide the thin joint mortar.

Madrid Abierto will be responsible for ensuring compliance of all legal requirements for the construction of the project and should inform the artist and R.BAU Limited in writing, giving sufficient notice of any matter pertinent to the project requiring compliance from our company.

Madrid Abierto will provide accommodation for 7 workers (5 workers, one mentor and one supervisor) from R.BAU Limited and the artist.

Madrid Abierto will provide access to 220Volt power and water. Madrid Abierto will also ensure
access to the Internet.

Madrid Abierto will organize the waste disposal and the disposal of all used and unused material.

house-Madrid is dependent on the voluntary help of people from Madrid. This forms an important part of concept of the art piece. The helpers should be involved in the building and deconstruction process. For house-city, Newcastle we worked together with the brick laying department of the local college. Ten of their students and two teachers were helping us throughout the four day building periodo Madrid Arbierto would organise a similar collaboration with either a building company or a similar college in Madrid.
Used and unused material will be donated to the building college of Madrid. They need to pick up the material from the site and be involved in the cleaning of the site.

house-Madrid will be documented with two time lapse movies.

The artist will need access to power and a lockable room nearby to store the equipment.
The movie cameras need to be placed around the site according to attached floor plan and photographs.

house-Madrid will also be documented with a live web-cam. The camera needs to be installed close to power and Internet access. (see photographs and floor plan). The artist is hosting the web page for the live web-cam.

The artist will take time-Iapse photographs during the 10-day building period of house-Madrid.
Four large format photographic cameras need to be placed around the site according to attached floor plan and photographs.

To mount the install the cameras the artist needs:
Heavy weight braced scaffolding parts to support a lamppost and to form a tripod.
(see photographs and floor plan)
To be organized by Madrid Abierto together with the scaffolding for the building.

Madrid Abierto will organize the permits for installing the cameras according to attached floor plan and photographs.

Madrid Abierto will set up an info-point close to the site. Details need to be discussed.


The building work on house-Madrid will start on Thursday, 5th of February 2004 and finish on Sunday, 15th of February 2004. The working hours will be 7am - 7pm each day.

The materials will arrive on Saturday, 4th of February 2004.

The site will be cleaned on the last working day, Sunday, 15th of February 2004.











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