Each mesh panel had to be exactly 35.63 inches by 163.38 inches," says Kevin Weston, Senior project manager at Gutierrez Studios. "That's why we went to Banker Wire. We knew they would manufacture to our exact needs and ensure consistency in every panel.
Baltimore, Maryland's Sinai Hospital underwent an expansion in 2009 to connect the South Tower to the General Hospital with a four-story tall atrium. The atrium provided a way to access each floor while bypassing individual in-patient units as well as being a first-floor entrance and visually striking public space. This 8,000-square-foot atrium, its windows framed by Banker Wire architectural mesh, also provides hospital visitors and employees a peaceful place for relaxation and reflection.
The design aesthetic incorporated wood, metal and glass and called for a seamless integration with the existing structures and the windows, previously being exterior windows, that were now enclosed. With help from Banker Wire, Gutierrez Studios and interior designer Arris, A Design Studio, Inc., also of Baltimore, matched cool metallics with warm colors and sources of light in the space's window boxes. Banker Wire produced architectural woven wire mesh frames for the bottom portion of the window openings in both the South Tower and General Hospital. Banker Wire’s M13Z-145 architectural wire mesh frames each of the atrium’s window openings, complementing the reds, oranges and natural lighting of the atrium.
Not only does Banker Wire produce architectural wire mesh on any scale, its weaves also match any aesthetic. In this space, the architectural wire mesh frames bring textural depth to the atrium via Banker Wire's M13Z-145 weave. Patterned after European designs, the window frames feature horizontal straight wires interwoven with vertical triple wires. A long aspect ratio differentiates the vertical and horizontal patterns and provides a soothing visual balance that parallels that of the light columns.
Banker Wire’s architectural wire mesh also fit in with the atrium’s aesthetic. The architectural mesh brings texture to the hospital space, adding depth to its walls. The panels each have a slightly pickled stainless finish, giving them a satin shine that sparkles in the space’s natural light.