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Designer Mesh Adds Refinement to Lush Rooftop Garden

McNICHOLS® Designer Wire Mesh panels contribute to unique retreat perched on a 4,000+ square foot section of a Chicago rooftop.

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A high-rise condominium in downtown Chicago has a garden of a different variety. A unique retreat is perched on a 4,000+ square foot section of a rooftop, complete with plants, decking, furniture, and a number of strikingly beautiful Mesh panels vertically assembled along pathways and the rooftop perimeter. The Wire Mesh panels are a combination of patterns selected from the McNICHOLS® Designer Metals line of products. The garden panels were assembled artistically with two goals – to help conceal the roof’s unsightly mechanical equipment and exhaust vents, and to create a contemporary sculpture with an “unexpected twist”. The framed Stainless Mesh panels were fabricated in varying heights, widths, and textures, carefully and cleverly designed and scaled to replicate the very skyline the roof overlooks, which was Chicago’s urban scene.

McNICHOLS® Designer Mesh patterns, CHATEAU™ 3110, 3105 and AURA™ 8155, provided sufficient openings to circulate exhaust, yet were solid enough to obscure the equipment. The material diffused the desirable amount of air and light and provided security, sustainability, and high-end aesthetics. As an added value, the Stainless Steel Mesh was lightweight, allowing it to be fabricated off site, while being sturdy enough to withstand Chicago’s wind and climate extremes. To complement the garden panels, the stainless Mesh was also used as Infill Panels for 260 feet of guard rail along the roof’s perimeter. Seventy Mesh panels were mounted in Stainless Steel channel frames varying in size from 42 to 62 inches in height and 24 to 72 inches in width totaling 1,250 square feet.

McNICHOLS® Designer Mesh stainless steel panels placed strategically on a downtown Chicago high-rise
McNICHOLS® Designer Mesh stainless steel panels placed strategically on a downtown Chicago high-rise to secure the perimeter and hide unsightly equipment. 

McNICHOLS® WIRE MESH, Designer Mesh, CHATEAU 3105, Stainless Steel, Type 304, Woven - Flat Top/Plain Weave, 58% Open Area

McNICHOLS® WIRE MESH, Designer Mesh, CHATEAU 3110, Stainless Steel, Type 304, Woven - Lockcrimp/Plain Weave, 67% Open Area

McNICHOLS® WIRE MESH, Designer Mesh, AURA™ 8155, Stainless Steel, Type 304, Woven - Rigid Cable-Style Weave, 62% Open Area

  • Aesthetics
  • High quality
  • Strength and durability
  • Ventilation of air
  • Ventilation of light
  • Low maintenance
  • Fabrication ease
  • Lightweight
  • Corrosion resistance
Designer Mesh Adds Refinement to Lush Rooftop Garden
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