Variable Spatial Structures - Lightweigt Partitions
It is no longer possible to consider buildings only as solid, permanent structures. Contemporary internal fit-out techniques are heavily influenced by flexibility, variability and ease of subsequent alteration. Three predominant construction techniques for internal partitioning exist. The more traditional forms are internal masonry walls and light-weight plasterboard-clad partitioning. A third alternative is prefabricated plasterboard wall panels; combining numerous advantages of both, and being considered as solid partitioning. The surfaces are smooth and of high quality, only requiring minimal filling on site and obviating the introduction of potential damp from rendering. Plasterboard is capable of absorbing large amounts of water vapour, thereby achieving comfortable room environments. Other advantages include increased fire-resistance and homogeneous construction techniques. Subsequent openings can easily be cut, independent of structural framework grids, as required.