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Red faces in the new concert hall?. Building materials for facade unable to withstand frost. The new concert hall in Stavanger’s facade may not be as red as originally planned. A sample of the red mixture of concrete and glass fragments that was left out all winter developed cracks when subjected to frost. Not a problem The first building constructed using this mixture in Norway was in 1994 for the Lillehammer Olympics. Although the sample in Stavanger has failed Medplan, the concert hall’s architects, are still optimistic. They decided to use this material six months ago.

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Red faces in the new concert hall?

Published on Tuesday, 21st April, 2009 at 22:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Building materials for facade unable to withstand frost.

Model of new concert hall from west
Model of new concert hall from west
Photo: Kim Mueller/Medplan AS Architects


The new concert hall in Stavanger’s facade may not be as red as originally planned. A sample of the red mixture of concrete and glass fragments that was left out all winter developed cracks when subjected to frost.

Not a problem

The first building constructed using this mixture in Norway was in 1994 for the Lillehammer Olympics. Although the sample in Stavanger has failed Medplan, the concert hall’s architects, are still optimistic. They decided to use this material six months ago.

“There are different types of mixture, depending on the size of the glass fragments. This method of production is quite common” Per Christian Brynildsen, an architect at the firm tells The Foreigner.

But in order for the material to remain sound, Brynildsen recommends that regular maintenance is carried out.

“Are you still planning on using it, despite what has happened?”

“Yes, we have agreed with the authorities overseeing its construction that we will use it in limited quantities”, he continues.

Out of the question

But not according to Ole Hetland, the head of the project.

“We admit that it will be difficult to complete construction using this material externally”, he says.

One alternative that they are considering is using polished red granite from Drammen; however this stone will make the facade look browner in colour.

Inside

Hetland is not giving up on the material completely though. Instead of using the original material on the outside, he proposes building a wall out of it on the inside.

“The building will still be a splendid landmark; the red wall will be impressive, nevertheless.”

Despite the setback, Hetland says that the concert hall will not cost more, and he cannot see that there will be any delay to its planned opening in 2011 for now.



Published on Tuesday, 21st April, 2009 at 22:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: stavanger, concert, hall, building, new, landmark, red, glass, concrete.





  
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