DSGN06123 2019 Interior Materials and Detailing

General Details

Full Title
Interior Materials and Detailing
Transcript Title
Interior Materials and Detaili
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Peter Scanlon, Claire Lorusso, Elaine Regan
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_D3INT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 3Interior Architecture and Design

This module will explore how materials create an ambience and provide texture or substance to architecture. Interior case studies that illustrate the innovative use of materials will provide learners with opportunities and inspiration for design. This module will also illustrate how the structural skeleton and the form of a building, the materials that hold it in place, its texture, tissue and skin, shape its architectural form. Specifically, the module will explore how these elements can be combined and crafted to create atmosphere. Arguably, the integrity of good design comes from a deep understanding of how to apply materiality from different contexts and environments inventively in projects. This module will  blend theoretical elements with practical and analytical tasks, survey exercises and site visits. Comprehensive material appraisal and technical studies will be combined with detailing, modelling and material texture and form studies.    

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Conduct a basic condition survey appraisal and report of an existing building or heritage building relevant to a design studio project.


Evaluate the variety, properties and typical usage of typical materials and finishes used in traditional and modern construction.


Differentiate between the application of inadequate and environmentally harmful versus high-quality materials, building products and finishes in terms of their maintenance, lifecycle and sustainability.


Define the properties of selected materials and finishes in terms of their structure and mechanics, statics, strength, texture, colour and impact of light.


Describe the sensory and experiential aspects of assembled materials in a variety of interior settings and environments. 


Conduct technical drafting, modelling, material studies and assembly exercises analyzing materials and assembly within variety of interior spaces.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Interior Materials and Detailing is is taught using a combination of lectures, presentations, theoretical discussion and practical based tutorials, workshops, projects, fieldwork and visits. Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.

Module Assessment Strategies

A series of continuous assessment typologies are utilised throughout the semester to examine both theoretical and practical aspects of the students' learning.

  • Presentations both individual and group;
  • Class tests/quizzes Moodle and class based;
  • Project work;
  • Reports.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.

Indicative Syllabus

The Module has four key themes:

  1. Materials in design: sensory experience; texture; colour/light; form and finish. Modelling and crafting of material spaces (theory and practice).

  2. Material Properties: mechanics, static, durability, elasticity, form, 3D Forms, plasticity, refinement, strength, texture, workability, specification and assembly, detailing – joinery (theory and practice). 

  3. Sustainability and lifecycle assessment: Exploration of the ecological and environmental impacts of a variety of materials (theory and practice).

  4. Surveying: Internal condition survey techniques and introduction to building defect analysis (practical).

  5. Building anatomy introduction: Practical exploration of the built anatomy of an existing building (linked to a studio project).

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project 01 Interior Survey Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % Week 3 1,6
2 Project 02 Material Analysis & Sensory Experience Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % Week 5 2,3,5
3 Project 03 Technical Study Continuous Assessment Assignment 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Theoretical input 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Architectural Studio Practical, tutorial and workshop 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio Self-directed study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2015-04-01 Construction and Detailing for Interior Design
ISBN 1780674775 ISBN-13 9781780674773

Construction and detailing are vital skills for all students studying interior design and architecture. This book is structured to encourage a diversity of techniques, allowing each student the means to find and put into practice the appropriate solution to fabrication issues and also to express their own personal aesthetic. The relation of existing building shells to the construction and detailing of new elements is also explored. Practical tips are given throughout the book, the roles of consultants, manufacturers, suppliers, and fabricators are explained, and theories of modern, sustainable approaches to interior detailing are discussed. The chapters are packed with professional, annotated drawings and explanatory photographs of techniques, materials, and tools. Through these, the principles of sound construction are explained. This second edition includes revised diagrams to increase clarity, more on sustainability, and more on services and lighting.

Required Reading
2012-10-17 Materials and Interior Design Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 1856697592 ISBN-13 9781856697590

The choice of materials is critical to the success of an interior. This book examines every aspect of the the use of materials in interior design, from initial concept and selection to visual representation and practical application. The book includes useful step-by-step sequences, information on properties and sustainability, and a list of resources, online archives, and samplelibraries. It is an invaluable practical and inspirational guide for interior design students.

Required Reading
2010-10-27 Construction and Detailing for Interior Design Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 1856696898 ISBN-13 9781856696890

Construction and detailing are vital skills for all students studying interior design and architecture. This accessible, up-to-date text explains the principles of sound construction for interiors, and provides the means to create successful variations on standard types of detailing. It also covers the relation of existing building shells to the construction and detailing of new elements. Practical tips are given throughout the book, which is packed with over 300 images, includingcomprehensive and professional annotated drawings together with explanatory photographs of techniques, materials, and tools.

Required Reading
2011-10-01 Basics Interior Architecture 05 A&C Black
ISBN 9782940411535 ISBN-13 2940411530

A focused and informative introduction to many of the materials used in the design of contemporary interior spaces. It also explores the use of sustainable materials.

Required Reading
2008-08-01 Basics Interior Architecture 02: Context & Environment AVA Publishing
ISBN 9782940373710 ISBN-13 294037371X

Context & Environment examines the ways in which elements based inside and outside a host building influence and affect the interior space.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Brown, G.Z. & DeKay, M. (2001), Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies, John Wiley & Sons,New York.

Ching, F.D.K; Adams, C., (2001), Building Construction Illustrated, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Ching, F,Onouye,B & Zuberbuhler, D (2009) Building Structures Illustrated , John Wiley & Sons,New York.

Daniels, K, (1998), Low‑Tech Light‑Tech High‑Tech: Building In The Information Age, Birkhauser Publishers,Berlin.

Dawson, S. Architects Working Details (The architects journal) EMAP Business Communications.

Deplazes, A. et al. (2008), Constructing architecture: materials, processes, structures: a handbook. Birkhauser Verlag AG; 2nd Extended edition.

Fordham, M, (2002), Environmental Design: An Introduction For Architects And Engineers , Spon Press.

Hunt, T. (2003), Tony Hunt's Structures Notebook, Architectural Press, Oxford.

McMullan, R. (2002), Environmental Science In Building , Palgrave,London.

Schittich C. (ed), (2008), In Detail: Interior Surfaces and Materials , Birkhauser, Boston.

Szokolay, S.V., (2008), Introduction to Architectural Science , Architectural Press, London.

Riley,M & Cotgrave, A (2005), The Technology of refurbishment and maintenance, Palgrave,London.

Weaver,M (1997), Conserving buildings: A manual of techniques and materials, John Wiley & Sons, New YorkWines, J, (2000), Green Architecture , Taschen,Milan.

Yeang, K, (1999), The Green Skyscraper: The Basis For Designing Sustainable Intensive Buildings , Prestel,Munich.


Journal Resources

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