PORTFOLIOS 
1906 Territorial 
Owl's Club 
County Courthouse 
St Thomas Church 
De Concini Bldg 
Fertitta Residence 
Green Valley Library 
Water Tower 
Kwasman Residence 
Peninsula Hotel 
Private Residence 
Christie's Auction 
Cher Residence 
Wooley Residence 
Bisbee High School 
Micek Residence 
Miller Residence 
Lancashire Res 
Mozart Residence 
Assenmacher Res 
Weintraub Res 

 

1993 PENINSULA HOTEL
HONG KONG

Architects: Rocco Descign, HK
Interior Designer: Orlando Diaz Azcuy

In 1993 Robert Boucher worked with Rocco Design architects and San Francisco interior designer Orlando Diaz Oscuay to create a neo-classical GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete) column cover, which clad two massive cast concrete structural columns that supported a 30 story addition to the historic Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong.   These column capitals surfaced at the eighth floor roof deck, making a transition from the old hotel to the new tower.  The column capitals rested on marble shafts and used uplighting, in the neck molding, to illuminate a frieze of figures, dancing and playing instruments.  This project marked the first major collaboration with Concrete Designs, Inc. (Tucson, AZ) to accomplish the production of Robert's designs and castings.  This relationship continues to this date.  


Line Drawing of the Column Capital 


Cast Plastilina modeling of the frieze
(cylindrical section detail shown

1993 PENINSULA HOTEL

The massive crown moldings for the capitals were screeded in plaster and molded at Concrete Designs, Inc. Tucson, AZ. Shown to the left is one of the finished castings awaiting crating before being shipped to Hong Kong by container.

The casstings are palletized, stretch wrapped, and prepared for overseas shipping at the CDI facility in Tucson.

FOUNTAIN DETAILS


Drawing detail


Drawing detail


The archaic lion head for the fountain, shown modeled in plastilina.

THE INSTALLATION


 Welding the stainless steel armature which
accepts the GFRC astings surrounding the
structural concrete column.


Design detail of the column framing


Fractured column expressing the central support cylinder within


Worker hand finishing the joints by stoning.
In Hong Kong, bamboo scaffolding can reach 50 stories.

FINIS 1994


 

 

CREDITS:
Architect: Rocco Design
Interior Design: Orlando Diaz Azcuy
Sculptor: Melody Peters
Sculptor: Nicholas Burke
Tooling & Casting: CDI, Tucson, AZ