Recently we have been experimenting with a sheet material made from 100% recycled plastic. The material is responsive to CNC routing and can be cut into panels on our new machine - it has already made its way into an architectural project which we will announce in the new year. It offers an alternative to plywood or MDF, and being fully recyclable, any waste and offcuts can be returned to the manufacturer. We are always on the lookout for new materials with new properties, particularly those that are recycled or sustainably sourced. Head to http://www.ecosheet.com/ to find out more.
Award-winning architect Oscar Niemeyer passed away yesterday at 104 years of age. Famous for pioneering use of reinforced concrete, and the use of abstract forms within architecture, Niemeyer designed many modernist buildings in his distinctive curved style now considered to be iconic.
Amalgam Modelmaking’s Architectural team worked closely with Conran & Partners to deliver this 1:1000 scale timber model to aid with the planning application for their proposed development of the Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium. This sensitive scheme was always going to be under close scrutiny, so the model had to be extremely faithful to the design. The model was amended several times during the detailed application process. Knowing that the design was going to have revisions over the course of the application, the model was built with a removable insert of the main site. This allowed the amended designs to be completed without the expense of moving the entire model every time. The model was deemed to be an extremely useful tool in the whole planning application procedure and, with a bit of foresight, the clever use of an insert meant the client got good value for money. Victoria Whenray, Associate at Conran &…
The Seagen Tidal Turbine model was built at Amalgam to be transported easily around the country for public demonstrations, and its latest home is the Siemens stand at the International Conference on Ocean Energy in Dublin. The ICOE is the global marine energy event focused on the industrial development of renewable marine energy. Held every two years, the aim of the event is to share recent experiences from research and demonstration efforts.