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Perspectives on trends, ideas and technologies

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The fashion industry is not the only one with its eye on narrow verticals: these have been making appearances in architecture too - in the form of corrugated metal. 

Used in tandem with wood, corrugated metal structures help to create a lightweight structure literally as well as visually due to the refraction of light.

Camillo Botticini Architect utilised pre-rusted corrugated copper to cover the walls of an Alpine residence in Brescia, Italy. The material allows for ventilation while its earthy tones help to integrate the building with its surroundings near Passo del Cavallo, a mountain pass in the region. Its slight pleating causes light to vibrate across the surface.

Alps Villa by Camillo Botticini Architect

Alps Villa by Camillo Botticini Architect

The Landscape House by Mabire-Reich features an aluminium-clad extension, created as a deliberate contrast to an existing property. Made from corrugated aluminium panels, the extension is partially reflective, reducing the visual weight of the building.

Landscape House by Mabire-Reich

Landscape House by Mabire-Reich

Built for SPACE, a charity that aims to help create more workspaces for artists across London, the renovated Deborah House now has a corrugated metal facade. The project was carried out by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, who chose to take inspiration from the surrounding built environment rather than imitate it.

Deborah House by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

Deborah House by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

Last but not least, Freshwest’s design for RiverShed makes use of corrugated iron siding. Built as a satellite office for the organisers of the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, the new studio has panels fitted at an angle to create a visually softer form.

RiverShed by Freshwest

RiverShed by Freshwest