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prized attributes. Steel comes to the fore as the main core structure of the tower, providing strength and stability in a modular construction allowing this, like many high-rise buildings, to achieve greater heights. The magnificent, curved expanses of curtain walling that give Cocoon Tower its name pay homage to aluminium. Here the design flexibility of aluminium came to the fore and, indeed, Tange Associates’ blue glass and white aluminium curtain wall grid composition won the Emporis.com 2008 Skyscraper of the Year award.


TRANSFORMATIVE Frank Gehry's Neuer Zollhof complex transformed Dusseldorf’s waterfront into what is now known as the ‘Media Harbour’


standing 204 metres high. Tange Associates created the elliptical shape of the structure to allow for more varied spaces, with the cocoon theme reflecting the incubatory nature of education to transform its students’ futures. In its construction, both steel and aluminium are harnessed for their most


As a systems company, we continue to be impressed by the virtues of aluminium, which enables us to design complex and intricate, project-specific extrusions. Its robustness withstands high levels of usage in the form of doors and windows, and its strength in forming slim curtain walling supporting structures to large expanses of glass allows light to be the prominent feature. All this from a corrosion resistant material that is 100 per cent recyclable!


Calvin Wilson is managing director of Metal Technology


ATTRACTIVELY DESIGNED ALUMINIUM FINISHES


Our Chemetal range is a massive collection of over 200 metal and laminate designs. We make many of them; deeply brushing, aging and adding patinas by hand and machine.


Our designs are unique works of art, created with a manufacturing consistency to ensure repeatability. We also source some of the best metal designs the world over.


It adds up to what we consider the most expansive collection of metal designs for interiors that you’ll find anywhere. We back it up


with exceptional sales and customer service that cares about getting it right. From car dashboards to airport lounges, railway carriage interiors, yachts, Cruise ships, Lift Cars….you can’t travel without us!


• Class A1 Fire Resistant • Anti corrosive • Low maintenance cost • Added strength • Unique Designs


01384 233 800 | sales@g-tex.com www.g-tex.com | www.chemetal.com/designs


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