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Unusual perforated metal around the World

Perforated patterns have the top spot in global architecture trends, featured everywhere from a sand dune inspired golf resort in the Middle East to floating spheres in the USA. Take look at some of these unusual perforated metal projects around the world for perforation design inspiration:

Desert dunes: Ayla Golf Club by Oppenheim Architecture

This incredible desert dune golf club in Aqaba, Jordan, features more than just 18 holes – take a look at the unusual perforated metal doors that are a key feature of the Oppenheim Architecture-designed building.

The perforated weathered steel screens filter the sunlight through traditional Arabic patterns. The sand dune-effect of the complex was cleverly created using a concrete shell, which seamlessly blends into the landscape.

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Photo Credit: Moh’d Musa – sourced from Surface Magazine

Perforated station: Haramain high speed rail by Foster + Partners

These perforated high-speed railway stations by Foster + Partners are an inspired connection for passengers and the traditional architecture of the region. Linking the cities of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and KAEC in Saudi Arabia, the railway’s four stations to act as a gateway to each city, providing much-needed shade and a sense of excitement and wonder for the journey ahead.

Each station’s vaulted ceiling is a different colour, perforated to draw sunlight into the concourse whilst at the same time controlling the glare and interior temperatures.

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Images sourced from Foster + Partners

Floating globes: Pillar of Dreams by Marc Fornes/THEVERYMANY

These unusual perforated metal balls create a curious focal point for the renovation of a county building in Charlotte, North Carolina. Designed by Marc Fornes/THEVERYMANY, the Pillar of Dreams installation features a two-layer, ultra-thin 3mm aluminium perforated skin.

The dual blue and pink colours, hollow pillars and dappled sunlight create an immersive experience for people to move through or just sit and ponder. We love how the perforations stretch and expand as the globes increase in size. The architects say they were inspired by bubblegum, blown to the point of popping.

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Images sourced from Marc Fornes/THEVERYMANY

Blowing fabric: The Wind Shape by Yong Ju Lee

Like a piece of fabric billowing in the breeze, The Wind Shape by Yong Ju Lee is a shady feature of the Flow Project exhibition at the Soda Museum in Hwaseong, South Korea.

The perforated patterns on each of the 300 metal triangles are designed to mimic the wrinkle and flow of the metal material. Specified in bright white to create contrast with the concrete exterior, it is amazing how the metal seems to bend up and down and float over the walls, just like a sheet of cotton.

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Images sourced from Yong Ju Lee

Perforated metal ideas: Arrow Metal customised solutions

If you have an unusual perforated metal request, talk to our team on (02) 9748 2200 or send us an online enquiry to see how we can make your idea a reality. We can precisely perforate metal with any size and style of shape using CAD technology and our state-of-the-art machinery. Take a look at our completed projects for more ideas.

Posted: June 25, 2019

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