Grimsby School of Art architectural facade

Virgoe, April ORCID logoORCID: (2015) Grimsby School of Art architectural facade. Grimsby School of Art.


The output is a design commissioned for the façade of the Grimsby School of Art building, in collaboration with Ryder Architecture and RMIG. Virgoe was responsible for the visual design. It was manufactured from perforated anodised aluminium. Research process The panel designs began as drawings, that were then reconfigured digitally, and produced as sheet panels. The process of creating an image through various sizes of perforation had previously been used for more organic, or photographic images. The geometric nature of the design presented new challenges both in terms of developing the digital designs and applying these to the panels. The perforated skin of the building is illuminated at night from behind, and as a result the flat schematic drawing becomes more illusory and three dimensional at night. Research insights The intention of the design was to convey something of the nature of the work that was going to take place in the building, and as such the design needed to be fluid and changing, rather than a distinctive image that would quickly become too familiar. The image was conceived as something that could express universal ideas about the creative processes and practices that the building facilitated. The design was equally a response to the potential of the medium and the site, along with the lighting that would be visible through the perforated sheets.Dissemination In addition to the building opening, the design was disseminated via Architects Journal (August 2015), Architects Data File (August 2015), blogs, including Refurb and Developer update (September 24 2015), the architect (Ryder) and manufacturer (RMIG) websites and the media.

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