Canopies, Porte Cochère, Brise Soleil, Columns
These are canopies that are held up by hanger-rods that are attached to the building’s front elevation. Often used in warehousing, retail and commercial buildings where posts would interfere with traffic flow and where the cost, or building structure, for a cantilevered canopy is prohibitive.
This type of canopy is supported by posts which allows a deeper canopy than with hanger-rods. Covered walkways and porte cochère are usually created using a post system.
The support for these is integrated into the building itself and leaves the ground space beneath and around the canopy completely free.
This is a system of deflecting the sun’s rays using horizontal or vertical fins. Brise soleil can be integrated into the design of the building’s cladding creating a seamless appearance.
Essentially structural but frequently also decorative. However the interior column, or pillar, is formed it can be made to appear in a range of designs using cladding materials and can also provide a backdrop for signage and wayfinding.
This is a covered area that can be driven through, generally seen used in very smart hotels and also healthcare facilities where patients need to be driven to the door.
Materials, finishes and coatings
Stainless steel Architectural Mesh is a strong and relatively lightweight product specified for interior and exterior applications
See a range of designs, PVD colourways and ways to use mesh here.
PVD coloured stainless steel
PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coloured stainless steel is a sustainable alternative to anodising and electro-coating both of which involve chemical baths. PVD coloured stainless steel is created through the use of heat and gas and produces no waste products.
Stainless steel can be folded after PVD colouring without cracking or fissuring.
Textured stainless steel
Textured stainless steel brings another dimension to specifying PVD coloured stainless steel. The range of embossed, surfaces provide tactile qualities as well as reflecting light in subtle ways which add to the creative possibilities when designing with this material.
Contact Andrè via [email protected] to ask about textured stainless steel.
Cor-ten or, or weathering steel, is designed to develop a rusty patina, be corrosion-resistant and, of course, not need painting or touching up.
John Desmond Ltd have formulated a specialised method of accelerating the development of the patina. This means that fabrication can be carried out in this material and yet meet commercially viable timescales.
Contact Alex via [email protected] to ask about patinated brass for your project.
Left untouched, all brass would develop into patinated brass. However ready-patinated brass created by John Desmond Ltd already has an aged, richly-toned surface and is stabilised in appearance with the application of a natural sealant.
Contact Alex via [email protected] to ask about a Cor-ten finish for your project.
Blackened stainless steel
The blackening of stainless steel actually increases its corrosion-resistance however is mostly specified for its gleaming appearance not easily achieved through other methods.
See how blackened stainless steel has been used to create a dramatic staircase at Google headquarters
Marron Powder Coat
The powder coat colour Marron is an interesting extension to the range of metal finishes as it has a bronze, metallic appearance. It is a cost-effective way to achieve a bronze look for items such as planters.
Contact Alex via [email protected] to ask about Marron powder coat for your project .
Vibration stainless steel
Vibration finish stainless steel is a versatile finish for stainless steel being non-directional and relatively un-reflective. It is one of a range of finishes on stainless steel offered by John Desmond Ltd.
Shot-peened stainless steel
Shot-peening, also known as sand-blasting, increases the longevity of steel and is commonly used for aeronautical components. However it also has an interesting and versatile non-directional appearance and is consequently specified for its aesthetic as well as its relative non-reflectancy.
Enquire to John Desmond Ltd about specifying shot-peened steel and stainless steel [email protected]
Aluminium is a lightweight and corrosion-resistant material and through the process of anodising can be transformed into a range of coloured finishes.
The laser-cutting of stainless steel combined with PVD colouring and V-grooving provides a multitude of creative possibilities for interior and exterior applications.
V-grooved and folded in PVD and specialist finish stainless steel
V-Grooving and folding of PVD, specialist finish and laser-cut stainless steel further adds to the range of possibilities for creating very finely crafted and intricate metalwork, screens, cladding and profiles.
V-grooving and folding enables sharp bends to be created. The folds can be so tight as to give the impression of being solid bar material whilst being lighter, less expensive and easier to work.
A selection of John Desmond Ltd projects utilising canopies, brise soleil and columns
PVD in a bronze colour way, Chocolate, was the more lightweight and less costly alternative to real bronze whilst retaining its rich hue and aesthetic.
The upgraded building design with fresh gravitas provided by the canopy has helped create a contemporary and enticing streetscape and attracted a lively mix of businesses to lease the office space.
The chunky tapered column clad in PVD coloured textured stainless steel adds presence and gravitas to the entrance.
A contemporary element combining lighting and sculpture designed as a counterpoint to the Art Deco minimalist, monochromatic building originally designed by architect Andrè Ventrè.