Lighting Effects with Coiled Wire Fabric

Stunning results can be achieved by combining natural or electric lighting with coiled wire fabric
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Sponsored by Cascade Architectural
By Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP


Light and architecture go hand in hand. Coiled wire fabric has been shown to be an effective tool to create a variety of lighting treatments in building design. This is true if the intent is to control natural light coming in from fenestration or glazing by using methods appropriate to exterior or interior installations. It is also very effective at enhancing or directing electric lighting inside of all types of buildings in ceiling or wall applications. In some cases, it can be used as a screen or canvas to project lighted imagery upon for informational or artistic effects. The key to a successful installation is to understand the choices and options available related to wire type, material, colors, weave, fullness, and related characteristics. Collaboration with a manufacturer of these products and attachment systems will assure a coordinated, successful result for well-designed projects.

Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is a nationally known architect, consultant, continuing education presenter, and pro-lific author advancing building performance through better design.,


Cascade Architectural Since 1987, Cascade Architectural has provided a full range of functional architectural systems to domestic and international markets for commercial and residential applications. Suited for projects of any size, several of its most successful installations have been on large-scale structures.


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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in October 2020