Thornton Flats Thornton Flats / Austin, Texas, USA

Thornton Flats

Attachment: Eyebolt
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.
- Andy Webre, Architectural Project Manager, PSW
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Year Completed: 2018
  • End Use: Multi-Family Residential
  • Architect: PSW Homes LLC
  • General Contractor: PSW Homes LLC
  • Developer: PSW Homes LLC
  • Installer: L&S Erectors
  • Owner: Thornton Apartments LP


An urban infill project, Thortnon Flats is a design-centric apartment community with 104 units tucked away in quite residential neighborhood in South Austin. To help create a "chill" South Austin vibe and accentuate indoor/outdoor living, in-house architects worked with Cambridge to create a metal mesh leaf pattern design that marks and accentuates one of three multi-family buildings in the community.  The iconic leaf graphic provides a sense of distinction and street presence vs. a boring building number. 


Designers began with 10 panels of raw stainless Cambridge Mid Balance mesh totaling 1,276 square feet.  Leaf "cut-outs" in the stainless were created by powder-coating the surrounding metal in antique bronze (which looks black). A tan wall behind the 50-percent-opacity mesh creates a 3D-like effect. Subtle color-changing lighting provides additional depth to the facade in the evening. The mesh is hung using Cambridge's Eyebolt attachment system.


Cambridge architectural mesh helps builders reduce their carbon footprint. Metal mesh is readily recyclable and manufactured from recycled materials. It has a virtually maintenance-free and indestructible lifecycle. A cold-forming manufacturing process generates less environmental impact than processes for heat-treated products. An active member of the USGBC, Cambrige helps architects take maximum advantage of LEED credits. Metal mesh can contribute to as many as four LEED points for optimized energy performance and can earn additional points for incorporating recycled content and reducing glare in regularly occupied areas of a building.

Photo Credits: PSW Homes and Stephen Cunningham


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