Kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and hallways are some of the spaces having steel as a common element at the prestigious exhibition, showing several possibilities offered by this material.
To think steel not in connection with industry or construction, but rather with design and architecture. Under this concept, it is possible to tour around Casa FOA 2017 and to highlight those spaces that have steel as a lead.
The tour starts from the outside. The large front of the venue was intervened with a vertical garden interspersed with structures made of drilled and transilluminated steel sheets.
On the same ground floor, both in the urban benches yard and in Fabiana Sambresgui’s artistic intervention, steel is used due to its versatility: the former shows the material’s ductility through folding for its resting areas, and the latter creates a path of drilled sheet where light comes out defining the large drop-shaped steel flower bed.
Once inside the mid twentieth-century house —located at 1336 Luis María Campos Avenue— spaces with a strong stamp of this material can be identified. Tubes and profiles were the products chosen to define and organize home office projects by María Ponce Quintero, Marcela Rodriguez and Lorena Spinola or bedroom for millenials by architects Laura Libenson, M. Florencia López and Carolina Maciel.
The service areas, in turn, were also built by using steel windows. The laundry room by Bea and Mercedes Palacio and Jerónimo Fanelli combined steel sheets and tubes in order to bring life to the large modular furniture MoMo. And in their kitchen 3.0, Diana and Eliana Gradel resorted to steel in order to materialize the kitchen hood and a large bookcase, built with tubes and drenched and bent sheets.
In the public rest rooms, multipurpose elements created from rectangular pipes became increasingly important in the exhibition, which will be open to the public until October 26th. Maia Elin Lauferman, Leandro de Angelo and Natalia Álvarez Bonin used the pipes as vertical columns of a big central element which organizes the space.
Melissa Herc and Carolina Feller created a big pipe structure which, with great visual lightness, solves the different additional needs of the bathroom: hanging, backing, keeping and lighting.
On the other hand, in another sector of the 4.000 m2 exhibition, Vanessa Silvestroff played with pipes textures: she used oxide finish, and then applied paint on a big structure that has several applications (support; saving space, hangers). Hanging light fixtures, magazine racks, toilet roll holders and hangers are some of the other elements made of steel in this space.
This material also served as a connector. Cari Calvo, in space 44, used tubes and iron steel sheets to create a partially covered sector and to link the inside of the house to the outside. In this case, the steel shaped in a straight line, embracing the building and curving to approach the lawn.
With the motto “Steel Possible”, in this tour around Casa Foa, Ternium Siderar gives an account of the great possibilities steel offers for the development of diverse projects. Besides its well-known sustainability and robustness, steel presents other valuable features: it is a noble, recyclable and versatile material, which symbolizes the idea of innovation and avant-garde design.