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Ian Shaw completes beton concrete balcony

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[FIRST LOOK + DRAWINGS + DATA] British-born, Frankfurt-based architect Ian Shaw has added these ‘monolithic’ concrete balconies to an apartment block in Germany

The freestanding, prefabricated columns and platforms are positioned 10mm away from the existing 19th-century apartment block, which is protected by a historic preservation order.

Manchester-born Shaw, the founder of Ian Shaw Architekten, said: ‘The concrete’s distinctive finish complements the use of red sandstone in the door and window trims; the objective here was not that of trying to copy the building’s painted treatment of the sandstone, but rather to explore the material in its core state, articulating, within a concrete template, its colour, composition and texture.

‘The bespoke concrete animates and enriches each tectonic element within the design, resulting in two dramatic forms that sit assuredly in their environment. And as a way of a counterpoint to the scheme’s robustness, self-supporting stainless steel railings elegantly enclose each floor plate.’

Project data

Location Frankfurt, Germany
Type of project balcony
Client anonymous
Architect Ian Shaw Architects
Structural engineer RSP Remmel + Sattler
Quantity surveyor Ian Shaw Architects
Planning supervisor Ian Shaw Architects
Main contractor Farber & Schnepp
Start on site date April 2013
Completion date July 2013
Contract duration 3 months
Form of contract and/or procurement VOB 2009 
Total cost approximately €82,000

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