New way to use architectural mesh
Transparent yet private, delicate but strong, architectural mesh is a material that has unmatched light and airy appeal.
What was once a traditional industrial product, wire mesh has evolved to become one of the most versatile architectural materials around, with architects, artists and designers using it as building facades, screening and even as sculptural material for giant public artworks.
Just take a look at these inspiring and incredible ways to use architectural mesh:
Interior screens: Archives Antoni Clave, Paris, by Kengo Kuma
If you wanted to soften the effect of architectural mesh, would you think of applying paper? That’s exactly what Kengo Kuma architects did to create an artistic archive for renowned artist Antoni Clave in Paris, France. Inspired by the artist’s love of textures, the unique light filtering screens were handmade using Japanese paper-making techniques, which involved applying a solution of ‘mulberry fibres and mushrooms’ to metal mesh, using different concentrations and drying methods to vary the transparency and effect.
Images sourced from Kengo Kuma architects
Rooftop artwork: Limes, by Edoardo Tresoldi
Look up at L’illa Diagonal shopping mall in Barcelona and you’ll be looked down upon by a series of giant, ethereal wire mesh faces. Called Limes, the temporary public artwork was conceived by renowned wire mesh artist Edoardo Tresoldi, who created the rooftop visages to mark the 25th anniversary of the iconic building. The six, transparent 5.5m high faces look out over the city’s streets and change according to pedestrian perspective.
Images sourced from Edoardo Tresoldi
Garden screens: Bonpland by Adamo-Faiden
Adamo-Faiden architects are making internal gardens grow –and giving residents an element of privacy – by using wire mesh to clad this unique building in Bueno Aries.
Each of the building’s 13 units –purposely designed to be blank spaces that can be used for any purpose – feature private enclosed grassy areas so everyone can enjoy and cultivate urban greenery. We especially like the pivoting openings that are integrated into the mesh for maximum views and comfort.
Image sourced from Adamo-Faiden architects
Building facade: Nth Fitzroy Apartments, Melbourne, by Fieldwork
How do you create a breathable, translucent yet private apartment building? Cover it in mesh of course! The Milieu Nth Fitzroy Apartments by Fieldwork is enclosed in a facade of white mesh, with integrated shutters that residents can open or close for the block to ‘breathe’ and change according to the times of day.
Images sourced from Milieu Property
Architectural mesh available from Arrow Metal
If you’re inspired to use wire mesh in your next project, we have a wide range of in-stock welded or woven wire mesh ready for immediate delivery at Arrow Metal.
Woven and welded wire mesh is available in a variety of mesh styles, wire diameters and sizes, in 304 and 316 stainless steel. Woven wire mesh is also available in brass.
You can also browse our wire mesh projects for more inspiration, including the conservation of St Paul’s Armidale’s stained-glass windows and the brass wire mesh lift cages for the refurbishment of Sydney’s iconic QVB building.Posted: October 1, 2019