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Large-scale GRC sculptures

Herlev Hospital Sculptures

BUILT YEAR

2021

ARCHITECT

Superflex

ENGINEER

10tons

Herlev Hospital Sculptures

Large scale GRC art

The several meter high fruit and vegetable sculptures that decorate the entrances of Herlev Hospital and the green areas are a distinct GRC project for BB fiberbeton. Danish art group Superflex are behind the art project which is comprised of six large sculptures of selected fruits and vegetables. The sculptures are scaled renditions of a pear, carrot, potato, broccoli, and a strawberry.

The art can be found at various entrances and in the green areas surrounding the hospital. This way the art can be enjoyed by not only patients and employees, but also by residents who use the green areas.

Formable GRC with a high level of detail

The six fruit and vegetable sculptures has gone through various scanning methods, including MRI, laser, and photogrammetry, to get the 3D-coordinates for the surfaces. As such, it was possible to recreate accurate 3D models. The 3D sculpting, mould making, construction, and finishing was executed 10tons.

The sculptures are cast in white GRC so they harmonise with the surrounding buildings and have a classic clean look. They all have a thickness of only 20 mm and are between 2,5 and 3,5 meters high – the carrot is 13,5 meters long.

The project is a unique expression of the exceptional formability and level detail achievable with GRC.

Durable, lightweight, formable

GRC cladding

Through design and manufacturing we help architects, entrepreneurs, and builders create unique, durable, and sustainable facades. Whether you are starting construction on a new build or embarking on a renovation project, GRC is suitable for both.

Glassfibre reinforced concrete (GRC or GFRC) is incredibly versatile and grants you an architectural design freedom with almost endless possibilities. With the formability of GRC you can achieve any geometry and with a surface designed for your specific project. GRC is a lightweight material and our cladding elements are typically only 12 mm. Thus, making it easier to work with and transport whilst also easing the load on buildings.

GRC is an excellent facade material if durability and sustainability is of great concern and importance. GRC is durable for more than 100 years without any technical maintenance and it does not dent, rot, corrode, nor burn (class A material). With a sustainable material and an environmentally friendly production without toxic materials, GRC elements from BB fiberbeton are ideal for environmental certifications, such as LEED, DGNB, and BREEAM.

GRC is made of white cement and fine aggregates and reinforced with glassfibre. Elements are produced using a special spray-technique that allows for a low water/cement-ratio, a low thickness, and a high strength.

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