By : wadeindia | 18 May 2018 | TRENDING WADe TOPICS
A Presentation on Corten Steel By Ar Maria Leon of Shroffleon
During WADe Asia, Ar Maria Leon gave an enlightening presentation on Corten Steel, the self weathering material which has not only saved time and cost of maintenance but also gives the building a new design.
Maria talked about the physical properties, construction limitations and the direct consequence of the outcome of the weather material Corten Steel. It is basically a steel alloy, the surface of this building material has stable rust like finish. “What attracts architects is its natural ageing process that cannot be controlled as it changes constantly with time,” with the weather, it’s almost seasonal. Maria gave few examples of buildings designed using Corten Steel like some work done by Richard Serra, CaixaForum building in Madrid by HDM where they used Corten to create a strikingly bold contrast between the old structure and the new extension that they created. Another reference is the new building the Barclays Center Arena in Brooklyn where the architect wanted a particular patina so the materials the Corten was pre-weathered for close to 4 months off site till the patina was ready the way architect wanted and then it was brought to site and fitted.
She introduced to the audience some of the projects done by her and Ar. Kaizad Shroff called The Orange Extension. The project was basically an extension to earlier home. They wanted the extension to feed within the context. The existing site has fairly simple material palette, fairly simple composition. The large staircase leads to the entrance that leads to the first floor, lobby and living room. They designed a sculptural object that it will be preferred to be seen from all the angles. For extension projects it is important to take cues from vectors existing on the site. These make sure that on intervention it will fit seamlessly. They used network grooves to align it with site vectors. The primary function is actually to collect the rain water and to direct it to a collection plate which at the same time will carry it to the flower beds existing on the sides. To get the perfect design they bended the Corten plates, welded it, folded it to create a complex language with grooves, coves and channels beautifully merged in. The intervention made it look like it was always there yet it was standing out although it was not the main façade.
Another project that she mentioned is a project for Prince Charles’s NGO that raises awareness and funds for the betterment for the conditions of the elephants. The project is about Elephant Parade that goes to a different country all over the world and showcases the fiber glass elephants which are dressed by different designers. These elephants are then auctioned to raise funds. This year the parade is going to be in India and Shroffleon is fortunate to get the chance to dress the elephant. They are still in the initial stage but intend to dress the fiber glass elephant with Corten and it will also have the similar language of grooves and panel like that of their earlier mentioned project, The Orange Extension.
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