Music history was written here: In the halls of what is now the “Old Vinyl Factory” in Hayes in Britain albums used to get pressed, such as those by legendary bands such as the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. Today, the expansive grounds are the scene of a diverse community of residential and work areas, restaurants, stores, and entertainment services, such as concerts and film screenings. The ensemble’s exciting history is visible down to the smallest details: the façade of the multi-story carpark has been clad in 3,500 square meters of perforated metal courtesy of RMIG. As one of the most experienced manufacturers of perforated sheet metal and products made from perforated sheet metal, RMIG brought no less than 150 years of experience in producing and advancing this special material to bear on behalf of the project. Thanks to its light weight and lean structure, the metal cladding has ideal load-bearing properties. Alongside its strong surface stability, the perforated sheet metal provides good visual and solar protection and with its clear formal idiom is aesthetically appealing.
The material allows for a surprising range of different claddings, as RMIG demonstrates with the perforation to the sheets on the west side of the building: By deploying different hole diameters, Studio Egret West has beautifully reproduced a black-and-white photograph of screaming Beatles fans taken during one of the Fab Four’s concerts. (am)