As we are always harping on about how brilliant perforated metal is, it is great to see that architects are backing us and putting it to use in the most creative ways possible!
Swiss architects Bureau A have created decorative steel gates to discourage nocturnal illegal activities such as vandalism in the entrance to their studio located in the centre of Geneva, Switzerland. Instead of designing an opaque barricade, the architects came up with a concept for a perforated gateway entitled ‘The Portal’ that would be both secure and ornamental.
By the slight retreat of the street, it formed a dark entrance close to some of the hot places in Geneva, hidden from direct views. It constituted a perfect place to hide and realise some of the things that are not allowed in our institutional life. ‘The Portal’ appeared thus as a problem-resolution sort of project, the sort of project that is best served by the design of a wall with the pragmatic ambition to solve social issues or report them somewhere else.
The elaborate designs draw inspiration from textile designer William Morris and artist Kara Walker, and are laser-cut into the 10 millimetre-thick steel. As you can see below, ‘The Portal’ proposes a game of light and shadows – appearance and disappearance through a very classical pattern that has been playfully modified by filling in or emptying the metal surface.
Similarly to ‘The Portal’ designers, we can create custom perforations specific to your needs. We use our turret punch to create custom made screening with either beautiful patterns or more geometric designs. We have a wide range of patterns and tooling to meet all of your project necessities. Simple or complex, standard or custom, we offer perforation patterns to suit any decorative or functional requirement.
If you love ‘The Portal’ and want something similar for your home or workplace, contact us at Action Sheetmetal & Roofing by phoning 07 5564 8200, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or online www.actionsheetmetal.com. We can help you make your dream perforated metal project become a reality.
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