Canopies, Porte Cochère, Brise Soleil, Columns
An introduction to canopies, porte cochère, brise soleil and columns
A tired building façade means a downgrading of revenue achievable from rents. The introduction of canopies, columns and cladding can transform the look of an insignificant building and give it street-presence and gravitas.
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.
See more on a cantilevered canopy retrofitted to 1 Broadgate Quarter
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.
Design, Fabrication and installation
The value of what we do is enhanced by the fact that we aim to be involved in a project at an early a stage as possible. This means that potential issues can be resolved even as early as the pre-design stage.
All elements and structures are 3D-modelled in advance, using Autodesk Advance Steel Modelling and BIM, so that they are then fabricated precisely and without waste. When the components arrive on site they can then be readily and accurately installed.
Contact Alex Pashouros, Project Manager, to discuss your requirements on 0203 325 9365 or email [email protected]
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.
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 Filipa [email protected] to ask about textured PVD coloured 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 Filipa [email protected] to discuss using Cor-ten steel in 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 Filipa [email protected] to discuss using patinated brass in your design 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 Filipa [email protected] to discuss using powder-coating as a finish for your project or product.
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.
See PVD coloured stainless steel in Vibration and other finishes and order a sample.
Shot-peened stainless steel
Shot-peening increases the longevity of steel and is commonly used for aeronautical components. However it also has an interesting “hammered” 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.
See the domed gold anodised alumnium ceiling at Wood Lane Underground Station
The laser-cutting of stainless steel combined with PVD colouring and V-grooving provides a multitude of creative possibilities for interior and exterior applications.
See how lift-core and stairwell became a dramatic feature in the upgrade of The Gaslight Building
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.
Mirror Rose Gold PVD was specified to create a stand-out store front in this shopping mall. The mirror finish PVD stainless steel was V-grooved and folded to appear as solid stainless steel.
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.
The canopy unites the tapered column, Brise soleil and stone corner pillar into a unified and substantial façade created around the original relatively small scale entrance.