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.
Dimensions and alignments are often shown in architectural plans, but there's still a lot of interpretation and latitude on means and techniques of construction. This is an example of our sketch for the fabricator showing how to use a hidden weld technique on a custom door handle made of cut steel bars.