Austin, Texas | Powder-Coated Façade
An urban infill project, Thornton Flats is a design-centric apartment community in a quiet residential neighborhood. To create a “chill” South Austin vibe and accentuate indoor/outdoor living, a leaf pattern is applied to the metal mesh façade. The iconic graphic provides a sense of distinction and street presence versus a boring building number. To produce a 3D-like layered effect, a lighter-colored leaf was created on the stainless by powder-coating the negative space in antique bronze. The darker leaves were painted on the tan wall behind the mesh. Subtle color-changing lighting provides additional depth to the façade at night. Mesh helped the builder reduce carbon footprint, a desired sales attribute.
"PSW had never used metal mesh before. Cambridge was awesome in helping us traverse the unchartered territory on this project. We really liked the translucent layering design opportunities the mesh screen offered as well as the long-term durability of powder-coated stainless steel."