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August 31, 2017, 08:02 AM

Reclaimed railway sleeper ideas, BIG and Soho House

By Thornton Kay

Kimball Art Centre project [credit Kilgraney/BIG

Nottinghamshire, UK - Just noticed that Kilgraney Railway Sleepers has pages on its website proclaiming the 'world's largest collection of railway sleeper projects and ideas library'. The gamut runs from the obvious - reclaimed sleeper raised beds, retaining walls, steps and stairs, decking and water features - to the more exotic including a project for an art gallery in Utah made with reclaimed railway by an enfant terrible of modern architecture Bjarke Ingels of BIG - the Bjarke Ingels Group.

Kilgraney writes, 'Each year we are sent hundreds of projects using railway sleepers. We are sent dozens of projects creating structures with railway sleepers, even a house. But to build a massive art gallery with railway sleepers & railroad timbers! Amazing!' This project, designed in 2012, does not seem to have been built but it looks feasible and, with BIG's twisted trademark walls, is modern architecture using reclaimed materials. The concept was to remove the sleepers from the area around Utah.

Ingels said, "The raw charm of Park City and the Kimball Art Center is rooted in a culture of appropriating the structures of past industry to accommodate spaces for cultural life and leisure. With our design for the new Kimball Art Center, we seek to continue this tradition by using the construction technique of the old mines and the railroad railway sleepers that have marinated for decades in the Great Salt Lake to create a raw spacious framework for the art and artists of Park City - a traditional material and technique deployed to produce a highly contemporary expression."?

Netflix is currently showing a visually and aurally immersive series Abstract: The Art of Design created by Wired editor-in-chief Scott Dadich. The first season profiled illustrator Christoph Niemann, Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, stage designer Es Devlin, architect Bjarke Ingels, automotive designer Ralph Gilles, graphic designer Paula Scher, photographer Platon, and interior designer Ilse Crawford (a must). She started Elle Decoration which she says was really her design education, and helped Nick Jones at Soho House. "Ilse's approach is subtle - it's sensual, about how things feel and smell as much as how things look " and has written a book Sensual Home although she also works for IKEA.

Kilgraney Railway Sleepers

Netflix: Abstract: The Art of Design
Kilgraney: Kimball Art Centre

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