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Architectural bronze and brass in façade and glass entrances

9 Nov 2018

From time-to-time we come across noticeable trends in our work. One theme that has cropped up with increasing regularity over the last couple of years has been the choice to use bronze and brass finishes in a surprising range of prestigious corporate new build and refurbishment developments.

Until quite recently brass and bronze might have been seen as obsolete, but it seems to us that architects have realised that the lustrous quality conveyed by these metals is not just pleasing to the eye and suggests an overwhelming commitment to quality, but also works perfectly on a practical level too.

Our work at the LSQ development in Leicester Square underlines the trend. The building was originally built in the 1920s and Make Architects brought in Open Entrances to assist with the entrance into the double-height reception area. Bronze anodised aluminium was used on the unique tall revolving door and internal partitioning speed gates to create an entrance that was consistent with the bronze curtain walling and architectural features.

The use of an anodised aluminium also proved to be the ideal solution to the challenges we
faced at One St Pauls Churchyard, London. Working with architects Sheppard Robson we
created two unique entrance systems. The outer entrance consists of a pair of portcullis doors that when lowered present automated bi-parting security doors into an internal atrium. From the atrium access into the main building is gained with an automated circle slider door. In addition, we also provided large structural laminated ‘Frameglaze’ glass windows and traditional door sections with bronzed edged paint bands, to maintain the consistent visual theme.

By contrast our work at One Poultry demanded almost exclusively the use of real brass. This iconic building was designed by James Stirling and completed in 1997; it is the youngest listed building in the country. Buckley Gray Yeoman Architects approached Open Entrances to consult with them on how best to overcome this very specific challenge, which necessitated the use of very large, 5m high curved glass sections, each weighing ¾ tonne, in order to increase the amount of light that reached the lower levels. To complement the 5m façade the design also demanded the creation of two sets of automated bi-parting curved glass doors.

The trend for working in bronze and brass finishes shows no sign of abating – we’ve recently complete the prestigious contract on the new piazza entrance to the Royal Opera House. Architects Stanton Williams enlisted our help to design, manufacture and install 5m tall curved glass panels, Bespoke Bronze effect aluminium louvres, pressings & framework and an oversized Revolving Door with integral breakout and bronze themed details.

Visit the Open Entrances website to find out more or give us a call on 01923 277901 to discuss your glass façade and entrance requirements.

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