Charlwood Design was approached to design and manufacture a custom time capsule for Manningham Council to mark the opening of MC² (Manningham City Square) community centre.
Inspired by an acorn as a tribute to the oak trees that once stood on the site the final design utilises an intricate, laser-cut, stainless steel frame to showcase the contemporary production techniques available. This is contrasted by the simple internal capsule, plated in copper to represent the warmth of nature and the precious contents inside. The original intention was to bury the time capsule underground. As Charlwood’s design emerged, however, the Council deemed it “too precious and beautiful to conceal” so Charlwood was also commissioned to create a unique display for the capsule at the entry point of the MC² community centre, complete with a countdown timer. The result is a striking piece of contemporary design and a focal point of community pride for the next 50 years and beyond.