The Banker Wire woven wire mesh contributed a valuable design solution for this space. Integration of the mesh around the elevator openings not only solved our concerns regarding durability and seaming at the control panels, but the pattern’s high degree of opacity also satisfied our aesthetic expectations of the material," says Jennifer Herr, senior interior designer with Eppstein Uhen Architects. “We worked directly with Banker Wire throughout the design and detailing process. This collaboration resulted in an elegant but functional installation solution that satisfied our entire team.
Northwestern Mutual, a financial services company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has expanded into a brand new, modern office space – in a building that is nearly a century old. The company worked with Eppstein Uhen Architects, Milwaukee, to completely renovate the interior of Milwaukee's Van Buren building, built in 1926, and Banker Wire woven wire mesh now clads its central elevator banks.
Northwestern Mutual bought the 158,000-square-foot, seven-story Van Buren building in January 2013 and worked with Eppstein Uhen Architects, Milwaukee, to redesign its interior. Northwestern Mutual aimed to achieve a contemporary aesthetic for the open-concept office, where more than 600 employees work. The modern design relies on the interplay of wood, glass, concrete and metal. In the elevator banks, walls clad in sleek Banker Wire mesh are juxtaposed with warm-looking wood paneling, creating a contemporary space that embodies the company’s identity as a state-of-the-art workplace.
After consulting with Banker Wire, the designers selected DS-1 architectural woven wire mesh for the space. The metal fabric was incorporated around the elevator openings and control panels, blending a stylish look with full functionality. Gently undulating flat wires woven with thinner, straight wires produce a robust, symmetric fabric with soothing qualities that bring visual depth to this vertical application. The opaque metal fabric contrasts texturally with the smooth elevator door and complements the warmth of nearby wood paneling for a modern aesthetic that achieve the architect's design goals.