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Paternoster Vents

This is a Paternoster Vents. It was designed by Heatherwick Studio and Thomas Heatherwick and made for (as the client) Mitsubishi Estates, Stanhope. Its medium is cut, glass-bead-blasted stainless steel.

How can you prevent engineering infrastructure from ruining public spaces?
These 36-foot-high vents —the studio’s first completed permanent project in London — provide cooling for an underground electricity substation next to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Since the existing proposal would have completely dominated the public space, the studio shrunk the visible mass by setting part of the structure below ground. They also split the outlet vent in half, creating two slim objects rather than a single squat object. These design decisions opened up Paternoster Square, creating a compelling composition often mistaken for sculpture rather than infrastructure. The project’s form came from experimenting with folding paper into identical isosceles triangles

It is credited Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.

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Its dimensions are

H: 1100 cm (36 ft. 1 1/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.

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