Torin Corporation (Swindon)

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1964 - 1971

Swindon, Wilts England


Ahrends, Burton and Koralek Architects
Aram Designs Ltd.
Architectural Review
Art Metal Furniture Co.
Banque de l'Union Parisienne
Bott, Donald
Boultwood, Peter
Bower, A.
Breuer, Marcel
Cement and Concrete Association
Cercler, Eric
Chermayeff and Geismar Associates, Inc.
Chermayeff, Ivan
Crocker, Paul

Torin Corporation (Swindon)

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Correspondence   434  browse all »


Drawings   14  browse all »

Details: Mens Toilets
Letter Box: Shipping Office
Proposed Weather Guards for Roof Stacks

Photographs   10  browse all »

Torin Promotional Print
Photograph of Tarmac Problems
Photograph of Falling Tiles in Male Staff Toilet

The Torin Corporation, formerly the Torrington Manufacturing Company, produced air-moving equipment and had its headquarters in Torrington, CT. In 1965, the company asked Breuer and his associate Robert Gatje to design a facility for their British division in the Greenbridge Industrial Estate in Swindon, Wiltshire. The company planned to use the recently completed facility in Nivelles, Brussels as a model both in plan and construction techniques. However, the modular, precast concrete panels used to such striking effect in Brussels proved too cost-prohibitive in England. Instead, most of the facades were sheathed in vertical, white aluminum siding with brick accents around doors and windows. The entrance façade featured a cantilevered canopy - like most of the other Torin buildings – projecting from a black brick façade. A horizontal strip of windows bisected the façade, lining up with the bottom edge of the canopy. Breuer provided a splash of color by painting the structural steel and mechanical elements on the roof red-orange. Frishman-Spyer Associates served as the supervising architects for this project.