Jackson House, Manchester, UK
Biscay 7 Spiral Mesh Curtain complete with Copper Painted Finish utilised to create a magnificent decorative ceiling feature at the reception to Jackson house, a modern mixed-use office building in Sale, Manchester.
The curtain mesh is suspended from wires back to the ceiling, giving the impression that it is floating.
Greenwich Design District - Buildings C1 and D1, London
Bringing the Inside Out.
The transparency of the mesh is intended to strip back to the most basic of building components, while affording tenants with a truly impressive view of the surroundings. The stairs and lifts are also on the exterior of the building, truly connecting the interior and exterior of the buildings.
Thanks to Taran Wilkhu the photographer for photos 1 – 4, and Greenwich Design District for commissioning them.
2 Cumberland Place, Dublin
Aluminium Brocklebank 20/5 mesh at 2 Cumberland Place Dublin.
Over 500 panels of Brocklebank 20/5 were used to create the bronze fins which add texture to this modern glass façade.
The mesh was sandwiched in a box section frame, before being powder coated.
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Sawston Unity Campus
Sawston Unity Campus multi-storey car park, clad in 2,600m2 of Locker laser-cut aluminium sheets, complete with graduated radiused vertical corrugations.
- Each panel had identical sinusoidal corrugations. The perforated pattern, as well as the depth and wavelength of the profile, can be varied to create a bespoke facade.
- The panels were only 2mm thick but had to vertically span up to 3m unsupported. The radius profile of the panels had to be deep enough to impose the required rigidity.
- The constraints of the rolling tool had to be considered when determining radii.
- The panels were designed to overlap enabling neighbouring panels to share common fixings.
- Wind, snow and ice forces were considered.
- The design maintains rigidity whilst having a 40% laser-cut open area for air flow.
- The slot centres were adjusted to take account of the sinusoidal radii.
- The drawing extract below shows a typical laser-cut sheet prior to, and following radius forming:
- Perforation slots had to be laser cut prior to forming the radii.
- The slots were not to distort during the radius forming.
- The perforated sheets had to be incrementally “bumped” in a break press to form the exact radii.
- The sinusoidal radii had to be consistent from panel to panel.
- The panels were grit blasted prior to being polyester powder-coated. The grit blasting process removes the toolmarks.
- The corner panels were site measured and installed last.
- The laser cut panels had to be consistently accurate to the millimetre as they could not be altered on site.
- The following images show the mesh panels laser-cut in their unformed state and in their radiused condition: -
- Setting out of the panels was key to the project success to avoid accumulative error. Our site careful survey avoided abortive works where steelwork was out of alignment.
- The extract below shows how we had to adapt our setting out to accommodate the slope in the building from left to right. This we had to stagger each panel location by 8mm.
- Installation was undertaken from all-terrain scissor lifts. No lifting gear was needed.
Puskás Aréna, Hungary
The new Puskás Aréna stadium in Budapest utilises approximately 20,000m2 of Eiffel 20 stainless steel architectural wire mesh.
In an impressive feat of logistics, the 229no. panels, most of which are 29m long and 4m wide, were manufactured and supplied within a six-month timeframe.
The construction of the Puskás Arena stadium began in 2017 and ended in 2019. The official opening was on November 15, 2019 with its inaugural football match between the Hungary and Uruguay international teams. The stadium has a capacity for 67,889 people for sporting events, with seating for all locations. For other events such as concerts, the stadium capacity reaches 80,000 people.
The architect and project designer was György Skardelli. The design brief was to preserve the distinctive character of the original building, the old Puskás stadium, while adapting it for modern equipment and the strict requirements of FIFA.
The oval shape of the old stadium and its decorated towers have been faithfully maintained as main architectural features. The Eiffel 20 spiral mesh was perfect for this, as it creates an impressive and dynamic façade, but effectively conforms to the underlying structure and architecture, behaving to some degree as a malleable fabric.
It allows for varying degrees of transparency depending on the viewing angle of the observer and the angle of the sun in the sky. At night-time, the lighting to the rear of the mesh can be used to create some truly stunning visuals.
The mesh also contributes to acoustic attenuation and serves as sun screening.
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Market Építo at Budapest
Until very recently our spiral meshes were only available in natural finish stainless steel material - but thanks to recent technological advances we are beginning to offer aluminium and even copper material, along with powder coated and anodised finishes.
Copper is a material that provides excellent resistance to corrosion while at the same time delivering a modern and elegant, yet warm design, in both interior and exterior spaces. With this new finish, designers and planners will be able to create elegant surroundings that blend perfectly into the landscape and urban settings.
As this is a 100% recyclable material, it will help to reduce the environmental impact of their projects. In fact, studies conducted by the European Copper Institute have found that copper is a material that, during its production, handling, use and at the end of its useful life, complies with the European regulatory framework to generate the least impact on the environment and on people’s health.
Copper is also resistant to corrosion and has great durability, even in coastal or industrial areas. When installed correctly, it does not require any maintenance or cleaning.
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The Ona bookshop is a cultural facility with a contemporary and unique design. In addition to comparing books in the Catalan language, you can attend workshops and lectures to better understand their cultural significance. The 800m2 space was designed by Mediapro Exhibitions and with the technical direction of Clar Gestión de Obras. To define the different areas of the space, different colours and dividing elements were utilised, including Locker Architectural Coburg 22-16-38-14 metal mesh curtain.
Some surfaces are highlighted through colour while others remain neutral. The visitor can position themselves and enjoy the complex morphology accordingly. In addition, each tonality has been defined according to the character and the target of the room. For example, in the youth children’s area, warm tones have been chosen that awaken creativity, while those for adult audiences have been dyed with cooler tones that invite reflection and serenity.
In addition to this colour proposal, there is the need to privatise some small areas, which are used for exhibitions, presentations, or events. To achieve this, Locker Architectural Coburg 22-16-38-14 metal mesh curtain was utilised to great effect.
The Coburg 22-16-38-14 metal mesh, having a small spiral, becomes an optimal solution that reveals what is on the other side, while adding texture to the decoration and acting as a room divider in multifunctional interior spaces. The stainless steel finish lends modernity, and generates a cold and serene tone that was sought for these rooms of the Ona Bookshop.
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55 Hudson Yards
The self-cleaning stainless-steel mesh offers an aesthetically pleasing contrast to the cast-iron and glass façade, while screening plant machinery and services.
As the viewing angle varies, so to do the levels of transparency and reflectivity. From ground level, where the mesh appears before the sky, it appears translucent, like a semipermeable crown. When viewed from the adjacent skyscrapers of the Hudson Yard development, the mesh sits in front of unattractive plant machinery, and is much more opaque.
Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox associates, 55 Hudson Yards is a LEED Gold Certified building with a height of 238m and a total floor space of 120,700m2.
If you are interested in the Hudson Yards development, watch Crash Test World’s episode – “Making Space in a Crowded City.”
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Locker Heatshields used as an amazing façade.
Locker Radiant Heatshielding is now available with potentially limitless visuals by way of partnership with Locker Architectural. The perfect marriage of Locker Heatshielding functionality and Locker Architectural aesthetics, with engineering collaboration from both.
With over 40 years successful use in the offshore industry to protect people and equipment from radiant heat, Locker were approached by Galliford Try (now Vistry Partnerships) to provide a bespoke solution that would provide protection for personnel and infrastructure from the effects of a fire scenario at the adjacent processing plant, whilst also providing something that would also be aesthetically pleasing to look at.
The desired protection could easily have been provided with Lockers standard Heatshield range of panels but would have been unsightly, being a purely industrial product.
With a vast amount of experience in Architectural facades Locker were able to incorporate our standard offshore product the Mini ES Heatshield with a layer of image perf to provide a decorative architectural image perforated façade with a practical application.
Standing at 4m in height the Heatshield fence which replaced the existing 2m high acoustic fence provides an excellent practical solution allowing for safe occupation of the new housing estate whilst also providing an attractive feature for the occupants.
The engineering ensure that the Locker offshore heatshields could be used with ‘image perf’ panels was challenging. The correct open area had to be found so as to ensure that the performance of the Heatshields was not compromised.
‘Image perf’ has almost limitless possibilities and can replicate most pictures, company logos or photographs purely by using hundreds or even thousands of varying sized hole diameters and pixilation and is available from 0.5mm to 3mm thick.
Working with their Architectural counterparts Locker Heatshielding were able to offer a full turnkey solution, supplying not only the vast amount of 3m long Heatshield panels, but also providing the design of a bespoke support structure and installation of the panels.
The Heatshield wall is constructed in 3m wide sections, supported by 200mm SHS sections with a mounting flange plate which is bolted back to the cast in anchors. The support structure has been designed and verified by our engineers to accommodate both the weight of the panels and the associated wind loads. The structural integrity of the proposed Heatshield fence was independently verified by a structural engineer.
Locker Heatshields have undergone extensive testing at independent N.A.M.A.S. approved laboratories and, with a front face radiant heat up to 60kW/m², the resultant radiant heat reduction recorded at a distance of 150mm behind the Heatshield was in excess of 83%.
The combination of the Locker Heatshield and Architectural façade has huge potential for use in both industrial and commercial applications such as service stations and fuel storage / power generator enclosures to name but a few.