Client: CityWest Homes
Status: Complete September 2011
The original brief for this new secure-entry system to three deck access blocks within the Abbots Manor Estate was for simple railings or standard UPVC panels with openings in them. We wanted to do something less institutional and more inspiring. We proposed a series of decorative, laser-cut, metal screens that will be powder coated white. Since the housing blocks are all named after monasteries, we designed an intricate pattern of arches, suggestive of the ecclesiastical theme without referring to any particular religion. The pattern has been carefully considered and is denser and more railing-like at the base (where it would be easiest to get a foothold), opening up at eye level, with solid panels appropriately placed so that people can’t reach in from outside.
The design was developed using Rhino 3D software and prototyping, using the laser cutting machine at the University of Westminster.