Building DIY Gardening


10 Nov, 2010

What materials are buildings made of? ‘Sort of’ useful for DIY enthusiasts tips

Posted by: Geoff Davis In: architects|architecture|Buildings|diy|materials

Who with what com is an initially interesting site which examines what some famous buildings are actually made of, and how they were made. Although the South Bank Centre in London is not in there. So don’t bother looking for your favourite building, just go with their small selection.

Perhaps it will expand over the years with more examples.

It claims to tell you which actual products were used, and which architects chose them. So it is basically advertorial, as certain manufacturers are in many of the buildings, so it is not really any use generally!

It looks nice though and is easy to navigate, like a product brochure you might accidentally find at the dentist.

WhoWithWhat com is supposed to be for researching latest products, used in trendy (ie, heard of by magazine readers) projects.

For example the extension shown in London N8 is stupidly expensive (ie, encourages you to spend more, fat chance) at .25 million UK pounds – and looks pretty hideous too, like a metal hoarding has crash-landed on the house. Whatever happened to green building (yes we know metal is recyclable).

How we suffer for your art… even the blurb says it is a “monumental feature”…

Ugly London N8 extension that cost too much >

Our own non-commercialised materials pages are worth a look before you run off and buy the most expensive ‘monumental’ thing for your neighbours to stare at… which is the name of the game for these ‘iconic’ jobs.

Building materials >

Extensions, basements, lofts >

No Responses to "What materials are buildings made of? ‘Sort of’ useful for DIY enthusiasts tips"

Comment Form

Main site & Blog cats


Home improvement and DIY

House building advice & process

Building materials & wood

Steel buildings

Metal building materials

World's Tallest Buildings

Craft & traditional building

Starting a building job


Construction finance & legislation

Gardening & landscaping

Green building advice

Solar energy

Green roofs

Green lifestyle


Cameras & photographing architecture & buildings


Educational toys - Lego & more

Vans, trucks, transport

Building a website - beginners

Contact & About us

Terms & conditions & Privacy

Sitemap & quick links



Building DIY blog Changi
  • Lino Villandry: Lights in your garden can be far more than functional. Consider how you can take advantage of your garden’s features with strategic lighting. There
  • Eric Ashmead: Homeowners often shop at massive chain warehouses for home-improvement supplies. But a little-known outlet in Orlando offers customers discounted home
  • Aurea Dennett: There are a number of methods in which we're in a position to insulate our loft area based upon the types involving materials selected for being used.


Please comment on these blogs. The Flickr feed is now random, but soon to be our own photos.