Issue#03—2019
Issue#03—2019

Issue#03—2019

Our opening article illustrates material aesthetics to their fullest extent. Torafu Architects have pared back a concrete shell to add a combination of materials – luxurious cashmere, crafted timber and galvanized steel. I have heard many descriptions of the finish that batch hot dip galvanizing affords to steel – zinc patterns, texture, honest, lively material, resonating with its industrial heritage, raw and three-dimensional to mention a few.

The aesthetic is one controlled by steel chemistry, design and product type rather than a pre-prescribed colour chart. This is what gives it its natural finish and no two bits of galvanized steel will look identical.

The process can almost be described as revealing the journey of a piece of steel during its initial production through to its final fabrication. Added to this is the subtle weathering that will occur during initial placement of galvanized steel in an external environment as it breathes and reacts to its environs.

The Aesop store takes these characteristics and cleverly blends a certain rawness that still manages to create a subtle harmony.

Adventure Ball, inMotion Park, Bavaria

A large new ball made of timber and hot dip galvanized steel has become the centrepiece of the inMotion Park in Steinberg am See, Bavaria. Measuring 40 m by 50 m in height and diameter the structure has become a…

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Boulby Pterodactyl

’Boulby Pterodactyl‘ was created for the Staithes Arts & Heritage Festival by Emma Stothard, and is 2.4 m high with a wing span of 4 m. The sculpture nestles on the rock armour surrounded by rugged cliffs of the North…

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Vex, London

Vex is a unique architecture/sound collaboration. It is an in-situ concrete house which arose out of the collaboration between musician Robin Rimbaud (known as ‘Scanner’) and architects Chance de Silva. Music and architecture both take as their starting point Erik…

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