EQUITONE [tectiva] has helped turn an Information Kiosk into a work of art at the Edinburgh Art Festival.
Four-by-Two Consultants specified EQUITONE [tectiva] for the kiosk on George Street because they liked the natural aesthetic and design purity of the fibre cement material, ideal for creating a focal point at the UK's largest annual festival of visual art.
Pebble colour was chosen, with its through colour, characteristic fine sanded lines and natural occurring hues, to create a wrap-around skin for the 4m x 3.6m x 3.6m lightweight laminated plywood frame, with clear polycarbonate inner layer.
The kiosk was designed with large windows and a part glazed entrance area to allow a maximum amount of light to fill the space. The ability to CNC cut the fibre cement panels allowed the architects to form perforations in the skin, controlling the daylight entering the space, and casting layered shadows into the interior.
Ben Ingle, Senior Architect at Four-by-Two Consultants, said: "We were drawn to the natural aesthetic of EQUITONE [tectiva] and the fact that it could be CNC cut, allowing us to create an opaque patterned skin that covers the walls and the roof. It was vital for the material to be easy to use so that our joiners could reassemble the panels on site.
The kiosk was built by B-spoke in their joinery workshop in Edinburgh and then dismantled, transported and reassembled at George Street where it will be used for 28 days during the Edinburgh Art Festival. The organisers of the festival intend to re-use the kiosk over at least the next three years.
The fibre cement facade panels were screw fixed to the plywood frame using colour matched screws to give a perfect finish. EQUITONE [tectiva] was also used to create a unique information stand inside the kiosk.
Marley Eternit fibre cement architectural facades offer an installed life expectancy of at least 50 years and can achieve an A+ rating as defined in the BRE Green Guide to Specification based on generic rating for autoclaved fibre cement single sheet - (Element Ref: 80623042, 806230422, 806230447, 806230450).
Visitors to the kiosk at Edinburgh Art Festival will be able to pick up information on all the artists, venues and other exhibitions during the event, which runs from 1 Aug 1 Sep 2013.