Hot Dip Galvanizing Magazine Issue 3 2014
Issue#03—2014
Issue#03—2014

Issue#03—2014

GAGA 2014 takes centre stage for our latest issue. Once again, a wide range of building types were represented, from the detailed small-scale to the large office block.

Some caused a lot of debate, with one in particular – Rob Mulholland’s Skytower. This project commissioned by Forestry Commission Scotland sits on a windswept hillside 200m above sea level. The inspirational objective was to reflect the power of nature. Constructed from 1,400m of galvanized interwoven steel rod using 6,000 welds, the sculpture captures a sudden unforeseen force of nature that re-shapes the tower.

The jury were forced to ask – was this art, architecture or a wonderful piece of engineering?

De Boer Structures’ Biomass Fuel Store with its sublime lattice truss and elegant fabric skin, not designed by an architect, but exuding a poetic architecture of its own making, also had the jury scratching their heads.

Perhaps what these two projects highlight is the importance of identifying the problem and finding how best to resolve the dynamics of context, geography and the significance of the space created.

On an entirely different but important note, ‘Pole position in sustainability’, features work carried out by Search Consultancy BV in the Netherlands for the ‘Road of the Future’ process used by the Dutch municipality of Oss. It provides details of life cycle studies that show galvanized lighting columns have best environmental credentials.

GAGA 2014

Once again, the exquisite Number 4 Hamilton Place in London played host to this year‘s Galvanizing Awards. Architects, Engineers, Constructors, Artists and members of the galvanizing industry came along to hear the winners announced from an eclectic Shortlist. Last year’s…

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Galvanized Beetle

The VW Beetle symbolizes the so-called German economic miracle of the postwar period. To date, it enjoys a wordwide cult status that is not just limited to car enthusiasts. For the artist Georg Seibert, the Beetle is the epitome of…

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ONO Headquarters, Madrid

The conversion of an existing office block located in Madrid to form the corporate headquarters for ONO – one of Spain’s largest broadband and communications companies – was a task undertaken by architects Ana Díaz and Javier Álvarez from ACXT.…

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Pole Position in Sustainability

Purchasers from public organizations increasingly use environmental impacts of products to inform their buying decisions. The EU Directive 2004/18/EC ‘Coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts’ allowed EU Member States…

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Precious Metal Association, Baden-Wurttemburg

Schwäbisch Gmünd in the state of Baden-Wurttemburg has been home to producers of gold and silver handicrafts since the 17th century. The new building for the Precious Metal Association has been designed to help reinforce the importance of this craft…

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