BRISTOL'S mayor George Ferguson has publicly backed plans to build a new concorde museum commemorating the city's industrial heritage at Filton. In a letter to Iain Gray, chair of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust, the Mayor said it would be entirely fitting that the new concorde museum be established at Filton airfield, where aircraft production first began in the city in 1910. Obviously Amalgam would love to be involved and with our track record of designing and building a range of museum displays and visitor centres locally and nationally, who better? Take a look here to see some examples.
Amalgam Display have just created some large white perfume bottle shapes for the latest Thierry Mugler Display in Selfridges, Oxford St. The eye-catching display entitled 'No Noise' is comprised of three large, light-weight bottle shapes which are suspended from a square archway, as well as some smaller illuminated bottle shapes set into the front counter. This was a project for Thierry Mugler and the Clarins Fragrance group, in conjunction with Design 4 Retail. Amalgam have a history of creating high profile displays in the famous Oxford Street store for this and other clients, and having worked with these specific shapes many times we were already on home territory.
George Ferguson, the newly elected mayor of Bristol, a former president of the RIBA, has announced an architectural competition for a 12,000-seat arena as well plans to bring forward two football stadia. Exciting times ahead for our city and the entire Amalgam workforce (not just the Architectural Model Making team) will be watching these “spaces” with interest! Speaking to a room full of architects at an event organised by Bristol’s Architecture Centre, Ferguson said, “I am hoping it’s a great opportunity for the best in the architecture, planning and urban design professions to come and experiment in Bristol.” “Bristol is a laboratory for change. We are a test bed: come and try it. Come and be part of the think tanks I will set up to see if we can do things in a different way…..I don’t want Bristol to be like anywhere else.”
Amalgam model makers have recently finished a 1:1000 model for 3bd architecture + design, an international firm with offices in vibrant Stokes Croft. Small, simple conceptual models such as this one can often be more effective and economic than larger high-detail builds, since they focus on overall forms and the relationships between buildings. The scope and content of the project will remain undisclosed until further notice; to see more of their work head to www.3bd.co.uk
The Architecture Centre on Bristol's waterfront is presenting an exhibition of some of the architectural models used for last year's Olympic Games, notably the London 2012 Olympic Stadium by Populous, London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects and The Copper Box (Handball Arena) by Make Architects. The exhibition also explores the lasting impact of the games and their architecture on the social and economic landscape, and how these structures are to be sustained. The exhibition runs from Wednesday 8th Jan to Sunday 7 April, and is a fantastic opportunity to see the models used in the process of creating modern icons. Head to http://www.architecturecentre.co.uk/exhibitions-after-the-party to find out more.
Last week the Amalgam team were very excited to receive a 2012 Olympic Torch which has been donated by one of the Torch relay participants to be displayed at the EDF Dungeness Visitor Centre. Amalgam have been collaborating with EDF over the last year to design and build the Visitor Centres and Interactives for all of their power stations, and we are currently designing and building a display stand for the iconic aluminium 2012 Torch.
Follow this link to see a BBC 1 video - www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUFAv_1m-AY&feature=youtu.be - on The Hydrant, a product which has been shortlisted for the Queens Award for Innovation and which Amalgam Modelmaking had a hand in designing. Severely bed-bound patients and individuals are faced with the very real danger of becoming dehydrated if they are unable to lift a heavy jug of water; The Hydrant, designed by Hydrate for Health, allows patients to keep themselves hydrated without the assistance of a nurse.
From the 10 January to 20 March 2013, The Building Centre in London will host the Prototyping Architecture Exhibition in London and Nottingham. The work of architects, engineers and designers will be brought together to explore the importance of prototypes and models in the design process. These can range from highly conceptual models to full-scale engineering demonstrations. The show includes prototypes by Amanda Levete Architects, Barkow Leibinger, KieranTimberlake, Philip Beesley Architects Inc, Yves Ebnoether and many more. To co-inside with the Prototyping Architecture Exhibition an International Conference - Prototyping Architecture will take place at The Building Centre 21 to 23 February 2013. More details can be found at the Building Centre website, www.buildingcentre.co.uk/events/forthcoming_events.
EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, in conjunction with Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE), Materials KTN and Exeter University Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) recently held an event at Exeter University to inform businesses in the South West about the range of services and technologies available in the region. The day was organised by Phil Brownsord of EEF and John Bound of MaDE, the Materials and Design Exchange, a part of the Knowledge Transfer Network and featured speakers including Nick Grace from the RCA, Dr. Sara Flint of CALM and Amalgam’s own Mike Harvey. Apart from the various presentations which covered various aspects of Additive Layer Manufacturing and Product Development the day also included a tour of CALM’s impressive facilities with Richard Davies and James Bradbury providing demonstrations of the various processes on site. Additive layer manufacturing Often referred to simply as "Additive Manufacturing" or "AM" is a branch of 3D printing -…