According to Achitectkidd, “The steel tubes were used throughout the interior spaces and in various scales from ceiling to furniture installations. By varying the density and patterning in different applications, the steel tubes extended out towards the exterior and were attached on to the existing structural frame. Bending and curving the steel tubes were achieved by construction workers and tools typically used for installing electrical conduits in buildings.”
When viewed from a distance, the structure looks opaque and light, with the steel tubing forming a cohesive, solid-looking surface. But up close, the building almost looks transparent, as though it has been wrapped in a wire that extends both in and out of the space. The building was designed for Now 26, a television studio, and it houses both the production spaces and the offices.
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Architectkidd is know for its creative use of materials. “Often it comes from observations on the street and construction sites and wondering what kind of tools people use to form their materials. Since we’ve been involved in a lot of renovations sometimes it’s like reverse engineering – we study different modes of construction and the tools of production with the intention to use it in our own ways,” Architectkidd says.
The use of steel tubes came about after the architects realized that tubes are often used in construction, but they are normally hidden. To make them stand out, “we studied how to bend and curve 19 mm steel bars with existing tools – basically a 3-wheel pipe bending tool that can bend straight pipes into multiple curves continuously,” Architectkidd says.
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