A Study in Gypsum Form
Concept: Planeta Design Group
Artist: Justin Blanchard
The wonderfully traditional material, gypsum, allows almost infinite hand-sculpted variations. Now with glass fiber reinforcing, the structures can be even more daring and modern, stronger and lighter with a wide variation of surface textures.These photos represent the stages of fulfilling the original Planeta Design Group's concept of a Dinosaur Egg reception desk.
Don CeSar Maritana Grille, St Petersburg, FL
Architects: Design One Architecture
Design: Parker Torres
General Contractor: PCL Construction
The renovated Don CeSar Maritana Grille in St Petersburg, FL includes FORMA Beyond custom glass fiber reinforced gypsum (GFRG) fluted column warps complete with bases and upper corbels. Several of the columns also included integrated tables also cast in GFRG.
Sam Adams Tap Room, Faneuil Marketplace, Boston, MA
Architect: TAT (The Architectural Team)
Contractor: Wright Architectural Millwork
General Contractor: Bergmeyer Associates
The latest Sam Adams' Tap Room, nestled in the heart of Boston's Faneuil Marketplace, includes five FORMA Beyond glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) bar tops complete with embedded Sam Adams bottle caps and broken bottle bits.
334 Harvard Street Condo Renovation Cambridge, Mass.
Architect: Akelius Residential Properties
Contractor: Bay Contracting
A grand old residential complex renovated to better accommodate more of the finest things found in the high-end condo genre. Now with artfully designed, custom GFRC privacy dividers complete with ample flower planters that allow owners to economically move the beauty of the burbs into their urban spaces.
Caffé Nero, 205-207 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Architect: Silverman Trykowski
Contractor: JL Dunn & Company
A fiercely popular culinary destination raising the style bar below the heart of the forever trend-setting section of downtown Boston. For starters, bluestone pavers and benches with precast brownstone caps, stringers and watertables; Followed by the main course of a two-story cathedral with precast brownstone pillars and lintels garnished with leaf-and-dart molding: Finishing with a refreshing full façade of brick repair and repointing.
Bar Rustic Restaurant, Kingston, MA
Concept: Jim Cafarelli
Design: Whitlock Design Group
Bar Rustic is an upscale, urban-retro restaurant complete with the multi Emmy Award winning The Studio Kitchen. The restaurant uses FORMA Beyond composites throughout replicating some of America’s most famous iron bridge work. Not the least, Manhattan’s High Line, replicated high above the bar from FORMA Beyond Class A foam and GFRC adding kinetic energy to the conversations and dining below.
Margaritas, Northboro, MA
Design: Whitlock Design Group
A dazzlingly authentic Mexican restaurant with artistically intertwined, and equally authentic, handmade FORMA Beyond composite ceiling tins and rough sawn wood walls and trim. A festive culinary environment with long term durability and low maintenance.
Tiffany Pavilion at the Four Seasons Sheraton, Norwood, Mass
Architect/Developer: Hobbs Brook
Hidden just off the busy byways of upscale Norwood, this unique art space was completely designed, manufactured and installed by FORMA Beyond using GFRC and local stones. The pavilion is super friendly and inviting for large groups, offers numerous smaller settings for more intimate get-togethers and built to last for generations.
Bridgewater Academy, Bridgewater, Mass
Contractor: M. O'Connor
Architect: Tappé Architects Preservation Consultant: JMBA Architects
The Italianate- and Georgian-Revival-styled Academy was built in 1868 after the original structure, built in 1800, burned down in 1822. The Academy closed in 1875 and the building was taken over by the town for use as their high school and junior high school. The building was completely restored in 2016 and now serves as their town hall.
Backyard Brewery & Kitchen, Manchester, NH
Contractor: DeStefano & Associates
Nestled behind the airport in Manchester and housed within The Yard restaurant is The Backyard Brewery, a combination new age eatery and classic brew pub offering innovative beers and food all carefully crafted to be comfortably consumed in a backyard, picnic atmosphere complete with FORMA Beyond composite picket fences, gently aged paneling, lighted beams and barn doors.
Alloy Condominium Kintsugi Reception Desk, Somerville, MA
Designer: Planeta Design Group
Millwork: Wright Architectural Millwork
We worked closely with the Planeta designers to create this custom Kintsugi inspired reception desk. Closely following the Japanese Kintsugi "golden joinery" art form, we molded, textured and colored a special blend of GFRC to closely replicate dark granite with a continuous labyrinth of bronze-filled cracks that are beyond imagination
Home Renovation Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
Designer: Lisa Teague
Contractor: Star Island Builders
Nestled in the gently rolling hills of Hampton Falls is a traditional home going through a complete rebirth in scope and style including carefully curated details from the Industrial and Jazz Ages
40 Bridge Street Condo Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Designer: Lisa Teague
Contractor: Witcher Builders
Premier condo living in the heart of Portsmouth, with a grand view of the Piscataqua River Bridge, warmed and surrounded by the simple elegance of concrete, crafted to replicate the foundation of the bridge itself.
The Row Hotel at Assembly Row, Somerville, Mass
Designer: XSS Hotels
Marriott's latest flagship AC branded hotel, creates the cool of hip-living away from home with a crisp, electric decor and touch of jazz-infused industrial-ness. The Row incorporates some of the newest surfaces to hit the hotel space that will be mimicked for years to come. (Photos Courtesy The Row at Assembly Row and JS Photography.)
First Choice Loan Service Berkshire Bank Company Middleton, MA
Designer: Amanda Greaves & Company, Beverly, MA
Transforming the traditionally stiff and chilly bank lobby into a destination worth your wait…in gold. Simple, yet effective custom wall panels, replications of rough sawn wood with heavy flaked steel angle brackets, surround visitors with a touch of glowing nature and old world, industrial charm beyond imagination. Wood replications are made from light weight, fire retardant Class A high-density foam. Steel angle bracket replications, complete with bolts and washers, are made from Epoxy Cold Cast™.
Fuel America, 100 Front Street, Worcester, MA
Architect: Prellwitz Chilinski
Contractor: GVW, Inc.
A new coffee shop is in the neighborhood. Certain to inspire those who appreciate the finest to work more creatively and tastefully. Fuel America is the new place to be. Where you can sip their fuel surrounded by striking industrially-cool art while watching them roast the beans.
Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall Boston, Congress Square, Boston, Mass
Design: ABI Interior Design
At the very juncture of the renovated historic office building and newly-built, high-tech structure that combine to create the latest Hyatt Centric hotel lies the FORMA Beyond wall. Accurately replicated Brushed Oak panels created by highly skilled artists using light weight (0.94 PPSF), high-tech, high-impact resistant Class A foam. The foam panels are easier to install and maintain than real wood and looks, feels and performs better than the original. And never will produce any splinters.
Norton Point Bridge, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass
Contractor: SPS New England
Built in 1912, the Norton Point bridge spans 376 feet linking the world to the charmed village of Manchester-by-the-Sea. In its day, the structure was the "largest concrete highway bridge in Massachusetts" (Ref: Better Roads and Streets, Feb 1914: ed. Frank Perkins). When rebuilt, SPS New England came to FORMA Beyond to supply all of the precast balusters and caps.
Top Golf, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Contractor: Seaman DiCarlo
Top Golf is the place to be when you want to do a bit of golfing, eating and drinking. Located at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT this Top Golf also allows you to include a bit gambling as well.
FORMA Beyond custom made the serpentine countertop from GFRC bringing a bit of stability to what could be described as extreme golf.
The Fenway Towers, Boston, MA
Design: Planeta Design Group, Architect: TAT
At the direction of Planeta Design Group, FORMA Beyond hand sculpted a GFRG "Egg" desk that will serve as the reception desk for the Fenway Tower 2 lobby. Helping greet visitors with a resounding wave of future modernity.
The Street, Chestnut Hill, Mass
Architect: BKA Architects
Developer/Contractor: WS Development
Three new storefronts incorporating FORMA Beyond GFRC C-channels. The canopy is constructed from 18" channels (12 pdf) and the horizontal headers are 15" channels (7 ppf). 3.5 times lighter than real steel, 14% lighter than aluminum and installed with adhesive and bolts (or rivets) to look like the real guys.
FORMA Beyond SURF™
Concept: Planeta Design Group, Artist: Justin Blanchard
A study for the Planeta Design Group in replicating the feel and appearance of ocean waves in the strong and durable GFRG medium. The hand-sculpted installation authentically produced the ultra-realistic dynamics of real waves along with their unique refractive coloration properties.
The Rival House Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN
Architect: Cuningham Group Architecture
Contractor: PCL Construction
FORMA Beyond designed and replicated authentic cold rolled and welded steel truss sections, in Class A fire retardant, high-impact urethane foam for the Rival House bowling alley in the Grand Casino, Hinckley MN. The 30', 105 pound trusses include a lite flake texture, gussets and rivets and, adding further realism to the installation, the 3-monitor media center is mounted directly to the trusses.
Office Renovation, Hartford, CT
Architect/Design: Infinity Group
Curved steel ceiling panels and trim, in Heavy Flake with Bronze, replicated in feather light Epoxy Cold Cast™ bring an authentic old-world industrial might to this modern office space.
Jenkinson's Aquarium, Point Pleasant, NJ
Architect: LDL Architects
Contractor: James Elliott
Announcing the divide between land and ocean on one of the most popular New Jersey beaches, sits Jenkinson's Aquarium. An intimate aquarium that combines an old fashioned board walk look and feel with state-of-the-art exhibits of fish, coral reefs, penguins, sharks and more.
Adorning the exterior of the aquarium are FORMA Beyond custom-designed, wood replications that capture the movements of the waves. Photos: Osprey Perspectives.
Cape Cod Mall Renovation, Hyannis, MA
The simple art of GFRC displayed in the custom-made and installed rakes, lintels, pilasters, cornices and capitals at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis, MA.
The Andi, South Bay Boston, MA
Concept: Planeta Design Group
Contractor: Lee Kennedy
Artist: Justin Blanchard
Photographer: Cory Gans
At the direction of the Planeta Design Group, FORMA Beyond hand sculpted GFRG disks that serve as energizing portals into another world in the community room of this up scale apartment complex.
Bixby International, Newburyport, MA
Designer: Amanda Greaves & Company
FORMA Beyond created this custom lobby sign for Bixby International, a custom thermoplastic sheet extruder and laminator. We combined wood beams, replicated in Class A fire retardant, high-impact urethane foam with their vibrant logo, machined from real wood, and coarse wound aluminum screening to immediately set the company's strong brand image as soon as visitors enter their corporate world headquarters.
One Dalton Street, Boston, MA
Architect: Cambridge Seven
Subcontractor: Component Assembly Systems
FORMA Beyond manufactured custom GFRG ceiling cornices, light coves and columns for this project in the heart of Boston. The new-age material brings added strength, durability and design flexibility to the classic look and feel.
Celtics and Bruins ProShop, Boston, MA
Architect: Bergmeyer Associates
Contractor: Shawmut Design and Construction
FORMA Beyond GFRC C-Channels grace the new Celtics and Bruins ProShop in the historic TD Gardens, Boston, MA. Authentically replicated with Cold Cast™ nuts and washers, the C-channels have the surface texture of real steel, are 4-times lighter - allowing for simple installation - and provide long term, rust-free maintenance.
Marriott San Antonio, TX
Designer: Parker Torres
Contractor: PWI Construction
FORMA Beyond manufactured several large diameter GFRG columns for the Marriott San Antonio lobby. The material provides the elegant classic look and feel of plaster, but with significantly higher strength and durability along with increased flexibility in design possibilities.