Ceramics and the city: Boston Valley Terra Cotta Featured in The RIBA Journal
Boston Valley Terra Cotta was recently published in the January 2020 edition of The RIBA Journal. The article promotes the value of terra cotta cladding as an efficient building material with examples of projects in the UK that Boston Valley has provided faience for.
Faience from Boston Valley Terra Cotta is bringing texture and colour to restorations and new builds on London’s streets
Boston Valley Terra Cotta is a leading manufacturer of custom faience for historic restorations and high-performance building envelopes in the US and the UK. Building professionals choose terra cotta for its durability and flexibility: it is an elastic medium that can express itself in a variety of shapes and surface treatments.
Buildings featuring Boston Valley Terra Cotta demonstrate the medium’s potential for transformation. Boston Valley works diligently to realise the client’s vision, providing custom architectural terra cotta in London for the Rathbone and Newman Passages, Battersea Power Station, and Lincoln Square – 48 Carey, 30 Broadwick, 60 Curzon, and Quadrant 4.
Rathbone and Newman Passages
Make Architects designed One Rathbone Square and the terra cotta passageways that connect Rathbone Place and Newman Street for pedestrians. Developed with Szerelmey, the curved TerraClad® Rainscreen was created using extrusion and hand press forming methods. Arches were assembled in a full-scale mockup to ensure proper alignment and continuity. The terra cotta panels for this project draw in viewers with the curved design and alluring green glaze.
Battersea Power Station
Boston Valley is producing faience with Szerelmey for the historic redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station, one of the largest construction projects under way in Europe today. Boston Valley has been working with Wilkinson Eyre and Szerelmey to fabricate new masonry blocks to match the original surface treatment of the building. Masonry is fabricated using the extrusion and RAM press forming methods and finished with a speckled blue glaze.
Another project with Szerelmey, 30 Broadwick is a new building designed by Emrys Architects, featuring Boston Valley Terra Cotta masonry. Its location in the heart of Soho inspired its multifaceted facade of brick, stonework and faience. The variety of shapes in the angled facade were created using all four forming methods: RAM press, hand press, extrusion, and slip casting. Units for 30 Broadwick are finished with a dark, semi-metallic satin glaze to achieve its signature ‘petrol black’ look.
Led by architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris with Paye Stonework & Restoration as installation contractor, Quadrant 4 is a restoration of a 1930s Art Deco Hotel with a newly constructed addition. Boston Valley produced extruded terra cotta masonry with a pink-toned glaze application and pulsachrome satin finish.
48 Carey, Lincoln Square
Designed by PLP Architects with Szerelmey as installation contractor, Lincoln Square is a new building featuring terra cotta masonry in a soft, speckled glaze. Extruded and hand pressed forms compliment the stonework on the rest of the building.
Now under construction, the residential development at 60 Curzon in Mayfair, London, was also designed by PLP. The building features extruded rainscreen
panels with a custom, deep green glaze developed by artist Christine Jetten and installed by Grants.
Boston Valley Terra Cotta is featured in the Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics exhibition at the Building Centre. Additionally, Boston Valley collaborators will speak about the ACAWorkshop at the Building Centre on 30 January as a part of the Building with Ceramics series.