Will people remember your building after interacting with it? Or will they leave and immediately forget it?
No designer wants their project to be forgettable. One way you can make your design memorable is to use high-quality materials in nontraditional ways. Architectural metals do that naturally -- they provide a strong visual impact while maintaining a durable design.
Here are 8 ways to use metal to enhance the impact of your design.
1. Create open spaces with less material
Metal’s strength and low price point (depending on the material) make impressively high ceilings a simple design choice. It also allows for endless possibilities for non-traditional skeletal structures.
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2. Change aesthetics with decorative panels
- Expanded Mesh
Aside from their inherent beauty, different textures and thicknesses can create natural lighting effects as light hits the metal.
3. Build gravity-defying structures
Even the most delicately shaped metal structures resist the pull of gravity. Thin tubes, bars, and strips create fantastic, light-as-air designs.
4. Introduce color with ease
While architectural metals naturally come in a rainbow of unique colors, they can be painted or powder coated to match any color or effect. This lets you meet your vision while benefiting from the strength and versatility of metal.
5. Mix materials for striking features
Metal creates an especially striking visual impact when paired with glass. However, it’s a highly versatile material and matches well with wood, concrete, brick - anything you can think of.
6. Construct arches and curved shapes
While strong, metal is also easily formed. Large panels and long sheets can be fabricated into curves, arches, mouldings, and other decorative additions.
7. Establish a contrast of planes
Metal’s strength allows for three-dimensional creations of illusion and depth.
8. Employ metal-exclusive finishesThe natural finish of any metal can be stunning in its own right. But, manipulate those finishes just a bit, and you'll end up with a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
- Brushed, polished, or oil-rubbed
- Forced oxidation, patina, or tarnish
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