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Cool NYC Building Facade - Hauer Screens

Postby jesgord » Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:02 pm

Came across this great concrete block façade on East 76th (I think) today. Just a small little building on a side street…but take a look at the concrete blocks. They have a Edward Durrell Stone look to me, with a great 3-dimensional curve to them. Anyone seen these before?

As I only had my camera phone the pics are a bit poor. To be honest, its not easy getting a picture on a busy city street, but I figured it was worth the effort

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Postby rockabilly » Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:23 pm

wow, I wonder if anyone still makes those bricks? what fun!
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Postby Udo Min » Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:06 am

Screens are still in production & a making a big comeback:
Erwin Hauer was a concrete forming genius.
http://www.coolhunting.com/archives/200 ... _hauer.php

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Postby SDR » Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:31 am

Thanks ! That's the name I had in mind; someone recently told us about him.

These forms could be revived to good effect any time, if you ask me.

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Postby moderns-r-us » Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:53 am

This picture came from a house that was listed in the real estate forum here a few months ago. I cannot get the picture to post so just follow the link!

http://www.13eldane.com/templatePages/l ... ane+Street

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Postby SDR » Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:52 am

I think that's where my quest for Mr Hauer started. . .

This one isn't made of separate units, though. How do you suppose it was made ?

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Postby jesgord » Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:58 am

This likely doesn't help much......but the site says that it is "made of gypsum... and arrived in 99 pieces."

Also, although this product is different, as it comes in pannels, it could be used to construct Hauer-like screens

http://modulararts.com/

Alas, they would be opaque unlike Hauer's work

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Postby jesgord » Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:00 pm

There is a phone number on



maybe give that a try?

Or

gives the following number

1-203-401-8741

I'd be curious to know if they are still making these and what the cost range is.

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Postby kjansma » Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:38 pm

In the December/January 2007 issue of Domino magazine there was a little 1/3 page blurb about his screens. It shows a great picture of the Look magazine offices in 1960, with the screen being used as a room divider. It doesn't say what the reissued screens are made of, but shows four different styles. The website they give is the not-working erwinhauserstudios.com. However they do give a low-low-price of "from $2800/4' x 8' panel.

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Postby scowsa » Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:32 pm

I had cause to visit the Modernica factory and warehouse a while ago and noted that they had ceramic screen components of a similar design. I also think I saw them in their LA store at some point.

Looking at their web site today, there is no sign of them in their retail section, but their "Props" section shows this one
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Postby luther » Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:25 am

Here's an article from Metropolis:


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Postby SDR » Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:58 pm

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Postby rockabilly » Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:32 pm

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Postby SDR » Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:00 pm

Thanks ! Guess my imagination got the better of me, again. . . :roll:

I'm a little disappointed with two layers of routed sheet goods substituting (?) for Hauer's original organic 3D designs. Sign of the times ? (I haven't read the article yet. . .)

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Postby rockland » Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:55 am

oohh. very nice.
and nice to see more in production.
some nice metal form designs all over nyc area.
i pass a few favorites in the queens waterfront area.

eva zeisel did a nice interior ceramic screen at one time.
tried to buy one piece a few years ago one ebay. $$$
for one piece. i would love to reproduce a similar or like
design in mold form. i have the sculpt, casting skills. and
have thought about making a few designs for the DIYer.
i'm in need for an outdoor screen wall for a next year project.
out door deck room with one wall for privacy.

i would post pics but i'm pretty remote now and on dial-up.
new mac does not support. so old p-book and sloooow down-load
is keeping me away from all this. can any one find the eva zeisel
screen? (pot of coffee just to check e-mails this morning....
sloooowww)....but i did wake up to two glorious icebergs out my
bedroom window!
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Postby SDR » Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:16 pm

In the Hudson -- in June ?

Bender confused. . .
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Postby Udo Min » Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:33 pm

I'm guessing Iceburgs are a result of window units freezing up into a block of ice....

My grand father used to always tell me as a kid when I fell down, "Not so good for the concrete" ...

Reverse psychology I guess....

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Postby moderns-r-us » Thu Jun 21, 2007 7:17 pm

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Postby SDR » Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:10 pm

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Postby SDR » Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:27 pm

Your KC cohort Eric sent me these intriguing and relevant images:

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Perhaps he will elaborate. . .
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Postby vlopez » Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:31 pm

They're all beautiful...just beautiful!

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Postby Udo Min » Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:12 pm

We were toying with the idea for a sunscreen option on a Vegas project the office was working on.
To create the pattern on the computer that was posted above we extruded two wavy planes like below & overlapped them.
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Then cut out a circular shape in every other wave panel. The joints can be thinset mortared together & sanded smooth...... If your using concrete. Or if you are using GFRG or (http://www.gigacreteusa.com/home.php)


The project ended up looking sort of like this instead...:

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Postby SDR » Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:35 pm

I like the diagonal (first) one, I think. I note that the roofline is pitched, so there is an interesting progressive change happening at the top of the super-scaled screen. . .

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Postby Udo Min » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:26 pm

I agree the first pattern on the diagonal has a nice feel....
Here is a link to another proposed vegas facade- similar project. I just found a link online so I guess it is safe to post it... Please keep in mind that I myself did not work on any of the exterior elements of this structure... Just had a small part in modeling the screen in the images posted above...
This version of a proposed facade has a nice fluid feel to it. for being such a vast space.... with a ton of glazing...

I believe the sun shading component with be built into the glass itself...
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Postby rockland » Sun Jun 24, 2007 5:31 pm

personally facinated with the sculpted repitition of form, especially the
man-made, as in Hauer, (in my opinion, the master). found in nature.
and most likely the inspiration. but such an amazing translation.
obsessive? bless him for that...
we enjoy it.
glad he did it. and... how did he do it in the 50's.?!?
quite simple now. flexible molds, etc.
but more than the engineering of the execution. i think the the pure
passion of wanting the forms created fueled the production.
i can make the blocks. but i want to see his production.
the other sheet goods?!? not so sure.

( SDR, i have a hiding spot, on the coast of newfoundland. the eastern
most point of north america. an old salt box. 120+ years old. not mcm,
but void of ornament.( function and warmth). architecturally stunning in its
simplicity. and the iceberg obsession is in their melting phase, and seems
to form a repetition of pockets, like a golf ball, very even. i have a few
in my freezer, bergy-bits they are called. bowling ball sized. very compressed 12,000 year old ice popping and cracking in my scotch.
and the only mcm is my eva zeisel 'low ball' glass).

so, sorry to cause iceberg confusion, just meant to convey the lack of
modern things like DSL!. may post roadside rambling of the trip but all computer functions are a pain in the .....)
its a struggle...
enjoy reading everyones trials and wins, even if i can often not respond...
(check... icebergfinders.com....not mcm... but chalk it up to 'learned
something new today!) the satilite photos are stunning...i'm surrounded
by icebergs, and it is something...


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