ADjustMEMBRANE: Innovative Lightweight Adjustable Partition Wall System

By Paulo Mendonca and Mónica Raquel Fernandes Macieira.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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This paper presents a conceptual system for an adjustable partition wall conceived within a research project. The permanent evolution and mutation of life styles have been conducting to the rethink of living spaces and to a growing need for more evolutionary and adaptable housing units. It can be verified that a major portion of houses don’t accomplish that premise. This happens because the technological and constructive solutions used on conventional interior partition walls, such as hollow brick or plasterboard with metallic frame systems, are static and difficult to readapt without a significant cost due to the specialized work required and material loss during the assembly process. The proposed conceptual system, called ADjustMEMBRANE constitute a modular building solution of a non-load bearing partition wall, tensioned between the pavement and ceiling slabs, that are used as anchoring elements. It allows several advantages, presented in this paper, related with the weight reduction to achieve a good sustainable performance, such as: reduce costs on energy, materials and construction; easy recycling, reusing and allow self-construction.

Keywords: Lightweight, Partition Wall, Flexibility, Modular, Adjustable, Portable, Self-constructive System

The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.39-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.163MB).

Prof. Arch. Paulo Mendonca

Associate Professor, School of Architecture, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal

Paulo Mendonça studied Architecture at the University of Porto’s Faculty of Architecture (Portugal), and in 1993/1994 was Erasmus Grant in Barcelona at the Technical Superior School of Architecture (Spain), year in which concluded his Degree in Architecture. He was an FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) grant student in the Textile Engineer Department of the University of Minho, where he obtained the “Design and Marketing” Master Degree defending a thesis about “Intelligent uses of Textiles in Architecture.” As a Grant Doctorate student of FCT, he received an “Advanced Studies Diploma” on the Doctorate Course “Àmbits de Recerca en l’Energia i el Medi Ambient a l’Arquitectura” in Barcelona on the Technical Superior School of Architecture and in 2005 concluded the Doctor Degree in Civil Engineering by the University of Minho, with the thesis: “Living under a second skin: Strategies for the Environmental Impact Reduction of Solar Passive Constructions in Temperate Climates”, acclaimed by unanimity. He is the author of more than one hundred scientific articles in several International Publications and Conferences. He is presently Associate Professor at the Architecture School of the University of Minho.

Mónica Raquel Fernandes Macieira

Research fellow, Civil Engineering , Center of Territory, Environment and Construction, University of Minho, Portugal

Mónica Macieira completed her Architecture degree at the University of Minho’s School of Architecture in 2008 and her MSc degree in Architecture at the University of Minho in 2012. Mónica has been involved in the research project AdJustMEMBRANE since 2010 as a research fellow. Her major interests are in sustainable construction, new materials and lightweight structures.