Cast-in-place smooth architectural concrete walls

Like everyone who has been to Tadao Ando's Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, one of our clients fell in love with the smooth architectural concrete walls. Their new home will be in a primarily traditional neighborhood with an architectural control committee governing plans and material selections. While the committee was concerned about allowing concrete walls in the neighborhood, they were open to letting us demonstrate and present exactly what we were proposing. After a long process they have now approved the change. Below you can see our presentation slides for the final review hearing.

Experimenting for custom finishes: modern steel pivot gates

A series of 8 foot tall pivot gates totaling 40 feet wide will make a statement, especially when they stand at an entry courtyard facing the street. Being a focal point of the project it is critical the detailing and finishes are done just right. So, taking the clients preferences into account we launched an experiment to perfect a patina finish. A quick first round narrowed the field from 6 products to 3. The second round showed effects of combining products and presented a challenge where the patina would not adhere to sections that were super heated during fabrication. On the final round we were able to alter the fabrication techniques and layer up 4 steps on the patina to create the look the clients were going for.

Typical details are not always applicable

Architectural plans often show "typical details" that are to be used throughout a home. However sometimes applying these details to unique conditions in one room can cause awkward finishes. We try to spot these instances in advance of completing the work and give our input on different ways it could be handled. This is an instance of the typical "reveals" between doors, walls, and floors meeting a unique condition abutting a cabinet panel. Rather than expressing our concerns and questions verbally we produced 3D sketches of the possibilites we could envision and asked the architect for his preference.