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Second story rollup doors — why?

Industrial buildings frequently have rollup doors on the second or even third story. The ones in question don’t have a horizontal I-beam or timber to hang a winch or block & tackle from, (like you’d see on a hayloft,) so they’re not for day-to-day loading/unloading. The ones I see in the city are generally facing a sidewalk, not a dedicated open space like a loading bay or parking lot. What are these doors for? The only guess I’ve come up with is occasional installation of equipment that’s too big for a freight elevator. But large-scale machinery usually comes in pieces and is assembled on-site, and the stuff that can’t be (e.g. large pressure vessels, crucibles, this thing) isn’t stuff that’s ever installed upstairs in a general-purpose light industrial building. I’m stumped.
posted by El Mariachi on Jan 30, 2014 - 6 answers

 

HVAC hacks for a VERY large space?

The organization I run rents a large, old theater for once-a-week film screenings. Problem: the air conditioning is broken, and the theater doesn't have the capital to fix it before the summer ends. But we have screenings scheduled weekly through the end of August. Are there any good ways to keep a large space cool without a working AC system? (How did people keep cool in indoor spaces historically, pre-AC?) [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jun 28, 2013 - 22 answers

Hidden Rooms and 'Dead' Spaces: help me find more pictures of this sort of thing!

I've recently become fascinated by (a) long-forgotten "hidden" rooms in houses and other buildings and (b) "dead space" in houses, e.g., large unfinished areas behind walls that are only perhaps discovered years later. Help me find more examples of this sort of thing -- preferably examples with pictures! [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jan 13, 2012 - 71 answers

Fie on phi!

Why are most buildings rectangular? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Dec 30, 2011 - 26 answers

Searching for dream houses

I keep having dreams about fantastic, labyrinthine houses. What video games have similar qualities? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Dec 14, 2011 - 25 answers

building-based webcomic?

What is the webcomic whose characters are depictions of buildings? Or ... something like that. I'm sure this exists. For some reason I'm convinced that Khrushchev is a character.
posted by kenko on Jul 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Learning how buildings learn

I want to have a skill and the skill is this: when examining a building casually, I'd like to be able to tell, within a span of about thirty years, when it was built (or altered). [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Mar 30, 2009 - 9 answers

New industrial architecture

Looking for examples of creative, modern industrial architecture. [more inside]
posted by lou on Mar 28, 2009 - 9 answers

ReferenceLibrarianFilter

Tell me what to call this topic I'm interested in, so that I know how to research it. It's somewhere within architecture and/or engineering. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on May 18, 2008 - 7 answers

Where can I find a 3D scale model of Manhattan?

Where can I find a 3D scale model of Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Oct 19, 2005 - 9 answers

Sci-Fi Movie Architecture

I'm looking for a resource - online, book, DVD - that deals specifically in the architectural design from sci-fi films, preferably with lots of pictures. [more inside]
posted by Neale on Jun 16, 2005 - 4 answers

San Francisco Architecture

San Francisco Metafiltereans: I am looking for recommendations as to particular structures/buildings of importance in terms of modern/modernist architecture & design. I'm trying to put together a good-sized photo essay of under-appreciated or little-known modern sites and structures in the bay area for mocosanfrancisco.com, which I'm nominally editor of now, and if anyone could suggest places off the beaten path I'd be immensely appreciative. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Jun 10, 2004 - 4 answers

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