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MetalWorks Round-up

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This expressive piece of steel cross-bracing is on the door to the crematorium mortuary in Asker, Norway, designed by Carl Viggio Hølmbakk. It is one of the projects shown in the book Contemporary Doorways - Architectural Entrances, Transitions and Thresholds by Catherine Slessor. An enticing mixture of the familiar and the less well-known, the book includes Future Systems' sanded aluminium tunnel entrance to Comme des Garçons in New York, the pivoting aluminium door to Ken Shuttleworth's Crescent House in Wiltshire and the rich and deliberate rusted finish to a car park entrance by Studio Granda in Iceland. Contemporary Doorways will be published in May by Mitchell Beazley at £30.

Sitting comfortably

Scaffolding company SGB has worked with grandstand seating company Slick Seating to launch a seating system that offers two frequently irreconcilable attributes - comfort and speed of erection. Based on SGB's Cuplok scaffolding, the system adds galvanised-steel primary beams and polypropylene tip-up seats that, claims SGB, offer 'an unrivalled degree of comfort and legroom'.

The system has already been used at Formula 1 Grand Prix meetings, and the developers are in discussions with the organisers of the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Designed to flatter

Flatness has always been a crucial property of vitreous-enamel cladding panels, but manufacturer Escol Panels believes that its latest development increases flatness and reliability, as well as reducing weight.New bonding techniques involve replacing the backing material to the steel panels, traditionally multi-purpose building board with a galvanised steel balancer, with 12mm-thick aluminium honeycomb, plus a galvanised steel balancer. This allows a flatness that deviates by less than 2mm on the surface of a 3m by 1.5m panel, says Escol. And the weight saving over a conventional panel is 30 per cent.

Elegance in the frame

A projecting secondary steel frame adds a geometrical elegance to an office building designed by Hamilton Associates in Uxbridge, London.On the south facade, the frame is also used as a support for brise soleil sunshading. The building is clad with Technal's MC curtain walling in a cool grey and white.

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