Viewpoint: Materials moulded by the environment – A London Design Festival Talk

Nov 18 2013

Artists impression  of the Viewpoint site

Artists impression of the Viewpoint site

Using traditional Finnish techniques and inspired by the natural surroundings, the architects have designed an area for people to go and look at nature and in turn creating a new habitat for the local wildlife. They also intend for the space to be used for educational purposes, teaching children about nature and wildlife.

The architects are deliberately using materials that will age well over time – metal on the outside, timber on the inside and graphic concrete on the floor: produced using a membrane on the concrete mould in a pattern. When the concrete is taken out a printed image is revealed. This technology was invented by the Finnish interior architect Samuli Naamanka.