An Elegant Argument

An Elegant Argument


At 100% Design London 2010 – London’s big annual autumn design show – composites fabricator Premier Composite Technologies (PCT) of the United Arab Emirates, and architectural firm Snohetta of Norway, presented a booth designed to promote the use of composite materials in architectural applications. The persuasive presentation was the booth itself.

The one-piece structure consisted of a wrap-around wall that twisted 90 degrees at the end to become a horizontal desk area. At first you might not notice that the free edge of the desk area is unsupported… a leg at an edge like this is so much the norm, it is taken for granted. But no, this desk just cantilevers gracefully into space.

Designed by Snohetta, engineered and constructed in PCT’s Dubai-based manufacturing facilities, it was made of glass fiber and epoxy resin over a structural foam core.

PCT’ website notes:

“The stand features architectural elements that were initially designed for the RAK gateway tower in Ras-Al Khaimah, and includes the same bonded windows that are scattered in a repetitive geometric pattern.” (The RAK gateway was previously featured here in 2012.)

This is, quite simply, one of the most elegant arguments for architectural composites imaginable.

Images via Premier Composite Technologies