So it happened that we decided to participate in a designers’ competition. At the first glance, there is nothing odd about it, since we are in the industry of design ourselves. The odd part about it is the object of design, which in this case was presented as an iron heating mains hatch cover. The point is that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Kuibyshevenergo Headquarters — the owner of the heating mains. In order to commemorate this Voljskaya TGK decided to conduct a contest for the best design of hatch covers and later cast some of such anniversary covers in iron.
From VoTGK Press Release:
Annually, during the summer renewal of the heating mains not only miles of piping get replaced but also the heating chambers hatch covers. To honor the anniversary we decided upon placing some special hatch covers this year.The winner in the competition of hatch cover design will not only see his idea cast in noble iron but also gain a monetary prize. Clearly, a person who makes such a contribution into changing the face of Samara will receive an authored hatch cover as a token of appreciation.
The perspective of gaining a hatch cover of our own design as a trophy seemed like a win-win for us. We decided to try our skills in this unusual competition. This is as close as it gets to the industrial design! First we needed an idea. What do we normally see on hatches? A bunch of weird letters and murky pictures?We decided that we needed to create an exciting design for the citizens and the guests of our city, so that the hatch would speak for Samara and its sights. We drew a couple of versions to really hit it: