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Sculpting a boldly designed public space.

Posted on June 15, 2011 9:52 AM

Audi Progress on Powell Street

Here, precision cut and twisted pieces of aluminum are being welded together to create what will soon be a standing table. Five identical pieces, side by side, will be fixed in place with the flush end up (obviously), forming a smooth flat tabletop. The grooved ends will then be fixed and bolted into a deck made of aluminum and wood grating that sits on top of the street.

Like we said, this is no ordinary public space. It’s more like a work of art, with every last element and detail carefully considered to bring the designer and landscape architect, Walter Hood’s vision to life. And that vision is all about curving and twisting aluminum rising from the street in fluid, organic lines. Metal, as it turns out, doesn’t do that on it’s own. So that translates to hundreds of individual pieces of aluminum being welded together to make everything from these tables and benches to long, sweeping planters, endless railings and towers fitted for solar panels. It’s a job our welders have been at for weeks.

So, why aluminum you might ask? Well, aside from the sleek, modern aesthetic it happens to be the same, progressive material we’ve used to revolutionize the aluminum Audi Spaceframe, which is what we build our cars on. So let the fabricating continue.
 

Audi Progress on Powell Street

Audi Progress on Powell Street

Audi Progress on Powell Street 

 

 

 

About Audi Progress - Powell StreetAbout Audi Progress - Powell Street

Design. It's in our DNA. It's why we believe that a boldly designed car deserves a boldly designed world. A world that lives up to the same philosophy of uncompromising craftsmanship and innovation that defines our cars. So we launched the Audi Design Project: Progress on Powell Street. An urban design initiative inspired by the all-new Audi A7, with the mission to re-imagine the world beyond our cars. We took two of the most storied and overcrowded blocks in San Francisco, and set out to redefine the experience.