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Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM.
Designed by Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd., for a home in Berwyn, Pa., the “COR-TEN Cattails” fence is made of 300, 10-ft steel blades, set upright at 8 in. apart. The project was fabricated by O’Rourke & Sons, Inc., an AISC member/AISC certified fabricator in West Chester, Pa. Photo: Tom Crane
It may not look like your average residential fence but, believe or not, this elegant steel yard sculpture also keeps the deer out.
Designed by Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd., for a home in Berwyn, Pa., the sculptural fence is made of 300, 10-ft steel blades, set upright at 8 in. apart, and was erected in April.
“The fence design was inspired by the house that it surrounds, which we designed in 2002,” said Peter Archer, AIA, of Archer & Buchanan. “It weaves through the property, appearing solid or reed-thin depending upon the perspective.”
The fence is made of COR-TEN, a steel alloy that eliminates the need for painting and maintains a rich, dark rust color without corroding. Fabricated by O’Rourke & Sons, Inc., (an AISC member/AISC certified fabricator) in West Chester, Pa., the fence stanchions were cut with a plasma cutter from sheets of the alloy. The gate stanchions were cut and then welded to solid machined steel bars.
Rising like wetland plants, the simple, curving fence was dubbed “COR-TEN Cattails” by the design firm. Each blade stands eight feet above grade, set in concrete 3 ft below, weighs 80-90 lbs and is 5/8 in. thick. The profile of the blades is an irregular trapezoid with no horizontal connections or supports. Only the gate has two horizontal bars, and each leaf weighs 1,200 lbs.
The project design was recently honored by the Society of American Registered Architects, Pennsylvania Council.