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The sculptor Anthony Caro made much use of the material in the 1970s, as did architect-sculptor Eamonn O'Doherty with his 1985 hooker sails in Galway's Eyre Square http://www.galwayenterprise.ie/photodestination/images/fountain1_JPG.gif.
Recent architectural uses include the SchwabenGallerie in Stuttgart by Berlin architects LÃ©on Wohlhage Wernik http://www.graphisoft.com/community/success_stories/leon.html, Ian Ritchie's Concert Platform, Crystal Palace Park, London http://www.galinsky.com/buildings/crystalpalacepark/index.htm, Brady Mallalieu's Barra Park Open Air Theatre in London http://www.riai.ie/gallery.html?type=regional&year=2005&item=21 and the amazing, snake-like Natural History Museum in Niigata Prefecture by Takaharu and Yui Tezuka http://www.ad.ntust.edu.tw/grad/think/92modernwork/02/A9213016/A9213016/museum/index.htm.
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Maybe you get the AJ in Ireland, anyway?
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Architectural Review, The, Oct, 2005
Ever since John Winter audaciously clad his seminal Highgate house in a skin of weathering steel back in 1969, Cor-ten's quasi industrial aesthetic of shipyard and factory floor has become globally ubiquitous. According to Neil Jackson, in his entertaining study of the genre in The Modern Steel House, it took seven years for Winter's little building to slowly acquire the coveted purplish-brown patina of worn-out boiler plating. Now pre-weathered Cor-ten clads the world, from police stations and parking lots to OMA's Las Vegas Guggenheim (June 2002). Yet it never quite loses its quality of otherness, as demonstrated by its use in this recent Brussels apartment block. Here the 'instant' patina of age and distress still provides a bracing shock of the new and unusual amid wedding cake historicism.
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