Kingspan creates a masterpiece at Henry Moore Archive

Kingspan creates a masterpiece at Henry Moore Archive

Kingspan Façade’s beautifully engineered Corten façade solution has helped to create an archive building truly worthy of its artistic contents.

The Henry Moore Foundation was founded in 1977 by the artist and his family to promote public appreciation of the visual arts. Based at Moore’s former home at Perry Green in Hertfordshire, the Foundation’s activities had begun to outgrow its facilities and the decision was made to redevelop parts of the estate, including creating a space where the entire Henry Moore archive could be brought under one roof.

Clad with Kingspan’s eye-catching Corten Hook-on cassettes, the purpose-designed extension of an existing house has been conscientiously presented to echo the philosophy of Moore’s practice, whilst also complying with national archiving standards.

The archive’s single-storey extension was clad in Corten steel Hook-on cassettes from Kingspan on both the walls and the mono-pitch roof. The alloys within the material help to form secondary layers which are resistant to water ingress and help to limit further corrosion of the metal.

The façade was completed with Corten Top Hats, specially fabricated for the project to ensure a seamless, professional finish redolent of the smooth finish of Moore’s sculptures.

The Kingspan QuadCore™ Karrier System was specified alongside the cassettes to ensure the extension achieved the outstanding thermal performance required to create the right climate to care for the Foundation’s extensive collection of over 750,000 items.

Both PD5454:2012 (Guide for the storage and exhibition of archival materials) and PAS 198:2012 (Specification for managing environmental conditions for cultural collection) emphasise the importance of maintaining a stable, constant environment within storage spaces to prevent the rapid deterioration of archival materials.

Designed to support the façade, the factory-engineered building system incorporates high performance insulated panels that can achieve U-values as low as 0.08 W/m2∙K. Meanwhile, the unique castellated and symmetrical tongue and groove jointing ensures excellent air-tightness, reducing the demand on the facility’s controlled ventilation systems.

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