“Visually, we liked Banker Wire’s metal mesh because it provided a minimalist aesthetic without detracting from the look of the wood beams above,” says Trevor Davies, Project Architect for Saucier + Perrotte. “The material also blends very well into the guard rail below, and its semi-transparent qualities allow natural daylight into the heavily-used corridor that leads into the locker rooms.”
Completed in 2015, the Stade de Soccer de Montreal is an award-winning addition to Montreal’s sports culture. The facility is situated along the edge of a former quarry that is currently in the process of being transformed into a nearly 500–acre ecological park – soon to be the largest urban park in Montreal. Saucier + Perrotte Architects designed the extraordinary building to celebrate the landscape it sits on and the multiculturalism of the area. When charged with finding equally versatile interior design components that would meet both technical and aesthetic requirements, architects Saucier + Perrotte chose Banker Wire woven wire mesh.
The indoor soccer field is flanked on one side by two stories, accommodating spectating benches, locker rooms, an event space, fitness room, and offices. Saucier + Perrotte were looking for a continuous element to clearly and elegantly define the space between the locker rooms and the soccer field. However, whatever material used would also need to be strong enough to not break down or become compromised over time. Saucier + Perrotte chose Banker Wire’s M12Z-17 metal mesh as the enclosure, which doubles as a balcony railing, to protect the spectators and other people that utilize the facilities. This twin wire rigid cable weave is strong and well-suited to stop the fast approach of soccer balls. While the mesh is strong, it has higher percent open area to allow the natural light from the expansive windows to fill the entire facility.
M12Z-17 is a simple and elegant twin-wire rigid cable weave. Well-balanced and strong, it is ideal for railing infill panels and facades, along with many other interior design elements. Robust on the loom, this mesh can be woven in all wire alloys as well as mixed alloy configurations. In terms of technical requirements, Banker’s M12Z-17 woven wire mesh effectively separates the playing field turf from the locker room corridor, and does so while remaining immune to wear and tear in the high-traffic area.