When you hear the words metal facade some people immediately come to think of plain industrial buildings that are very well suited for their purpose but not always very attractive or inspiring. Those buildings do exist of course, but you can create the most spectacular facades using metals such as steel and aluminium. In this post I’ll give you a few examples of techniques that can be used to create really striking buildings.
Perforated steel facades
By creating a pattern of holes, a number of different effects can be achieved. The holes can be round, rectangular or of any thinkable shape and the pattern can be symmetrical or seemingly random. Even pictures can be expressed as patterns by using the same technology as in printing magazines where the pixels are determined by hole size. By adding backlight you can get an extra dimension of the building’s expression at evenings and nights.
Bend it, twist it or stretch it
Most of the products associated with sheet metal are roll formed, however, there are many ways to use sheet metal. Sheets of steel can be bent and twisted to create artistic expressions. In the example below the sheet metal has been woven into the structure of the building to create a wave like pattern. This is a good example of what can be done with a little bit of imagination.
Today it’s possible to get metals in virtually every colour possible. This can be used on really exclusive buildings of course, but also to create a more appealing look for the more traditional industrial buildings such as warehouses and factories. By using traditional construction elements in different colours you can get a truly original impression without a significant increase in budget – suitable products for that are sandwich panels or facade cassettes.
Did you know that you can design your own facade by using our free web tool Lindab Art Designer?