Funicular Folly – Structure Waterproofing


SURFASOLOGY were delighted to be part of an architectural creation – “Funicular Folly” – designed by the architect Rae Moore in collaboration with Arup Engineers.

A new architectural tent-like installation is located on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle in Co. Westmeath and was revealed at Body & Soul music arts festival on the castle grounds in June this year.

The unusual brick structure combines ancient construction techniques, contemporary craftsmanship and the latest digital technology. Produced without funding, the structure was built by contractors Bennett Construction, digital firm Create CNC and Keymore Bricklaying with materials support from Kingscourt Brick, Coillte, Kilsaran, Gyproc Saint-Gobain.

SURFASOLOGY were contacted for a suitable waterproofing solution for the project. Maxclear D – a high quality water repellent –  was specified as it offers protection from water penetration, maintenance reduction, and enhanced longevity of the structure. Maxclear D dries clear when applied; therefore, it does not change the structure’s appearance.

The freestanding curved form of Funicular Folly achieves perfect equilibrium through a natural curvature. It was built by using thin layers of brick tiles and cement, cross-laminated to create a cohesive shell. Three metres at its highest point, the folly is remarkable for its strength, elegance and material efficiency.

The slender brick canopy will remain a permanent feature in the woodlands of Ballinlough Castle.


Type of Job Structure Waterproofing
Products Maxclear D
Main Contractors Bennett Construction
Location Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath
Construction Completion 2017

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