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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Today's archidose #331

Aberstwyth Art Centre's Business Units in Aberstwyth, Wales by Heatherwick Studio, 2009.

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  1. The architect describes it so: "As stainless steel is everlasting but expensive, the studio sourced steel the thickness of cooking foil. This makes it affordable, but it crinkles easily, providing neither structural rigidity nor insulation. These problems are overcome by crinkling it in a controlled manner before spraying a CFC-free insulation foam on the back of the crinkled surface."

  2. Does the foam, which lines the underside of the crinkled steel, provide rigidity? I.e., if I press my fingers on the exterior, will it crinkle or remain static, frozen in the form that the insulation hardened?

    Heatherwick Studio has certainly proven itself a visionary when it comes to metal-exterior projects...

  3. Expanding foam can be made to cure to varying degrees of hardness.
    I wonder about the safety of the expanding foam; if thereis any off - gassing; especially when its used in large amounts. I know if you mix expanding foam yourself, in small batches, its very toxic, and off-gases for a long time.
    Thanks for posting.

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