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<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p8/p8o2w50b2zqxs27c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Collaboration is the hallmark of Blu Dot’s design process, so the facade was joint effort drawing from the talent and expertise of our firm, Blu Dot’s own designers, and the metal fabricator. The perforated metal screen was an idea from the outset since the original building had a large “forehead” above a standard storefront below. The original structure had an entrance in the middle and a poorly conceived fire exit at one side.
The metal screen was fabricated from stainless steel sheet by a Bay Area fabricator, also an architect. Details were carefully worked out in consultation with the fabricator in order to ensure a crisp, well-tailored result. We provided the computer files used to fabricate the panels. Although a building is a bit larger than a typical furniture piece, the assembly of the facade was approached in a similar manner. The new butt-glazed storefront was to be a transparent plane allowing views into the interior and reflections back onto the street.