Wood&Wood were appointed to design, manufacture and install 3 identical, 15 metre high, illuminated, architectural monoliths. These provide a landmark, sited centrally in a lake, for a prestigious business park. The design of the monoliths was inspired by the control tower of nearby Dublin airport. The project architect provided initial 2D concept drawings, leaving Wood&Wood Signs to resolve all technical issues within a cost budget and project time plan.
To give the monoliths the high quality finish required by the client, we designed and commissioned the manufacture of bespoke aluminium “aerofoil” extrusions, to create a ‘wing profile’ around each panel junction. This meant that each panel joint not only adhered to the client’s design intent but also allowed the polycarbonate panels to expand with temperature variation. Internal access was designed into the monoliths, including ladders, internal safety staging and harness points. The result is that all maintenance can be carried out, minimising costs, whilst fulfilling Health and Safety requirements.
The structures were drawn in a 3D CAD solid modelling package, allowing us to build a virtual prototype, enabling the client to fully appreciate, fine tune and then approve the technical and aesthetic aspects of the design. This process allowed us to work through and resolve all technical issues before commencing manufacture, thereby eliminating costly changes postproduction.