ROTTERDAM (NL) - In addition to the Lloyd building (see A10 #20), Mei architects and urban planners have realized several constructions in the old dockland area known as Lloydkwartier. One such is the conversion of a former machine hall into premises for a local radio and television broadcaster. Mei Architecten joined forces with Studio Job to develop the large, rusting cast-iron facade panels used in this project. After a long period of testing the rate of corrosion and methods of fabrication (the original idea dates back to 2001), Studio Job designed a sequel of eight different panels which together depict the history and future of the industrial harbour area in a relief featuring ships, whales, tools, cogwheels, etc. Handmade wax moulds were used to cast 4000 panels measuring 90×45 cm. Special hooks were cast on the rear edges of the panels to allow them to be hung.
The engraving is less obvious when viewed from a distance, at which point the colour and material of the facade panels dominate. The panels, which were orange when installed, will darken as time passes.