Beautiful & Elegant Public Art for Berwick Street
Berwick Street, Soho, London
This beautiful and intricately designed piece of Public Art was crafted with great care and intensely finite detail in its overall creation for Berwick Street. Many months of planning and work resulted in these eye-catching decorative paneled gates, which demonstrates that with the right intent and approach, exquisite designs that can be created from high-quality stainless steel. The stunning design was the original thought-piece by Artist, Tom Gallant, for Latitude Architects & PMB Holdings at Berwick Street, Soho, London.
Our design and manufacture teams at Alloy Fabweld worked diligently and intently to ensure that these beautiful panels were crafted with great care and attention through our design, and planning, ensuring the attentive application of the design was diligently managed through our specialist punch machines.
Our priority was to ensure that the development of the design onto the steel would truly bring to life the designer's concept in the greatest possible way, to portray the important meaning and heritage of this site for Berwick Street along with adding distinction to the aesthetics of the building itself.
To create these delightfully decorative perforated panels for the new residential building development in Berwick Street, Soho, London. The core imagery within the concept design was sourced from Huguenot artists and artisans; Daniel Marot, James Leman, Paul de Lamerie, and Jean Monnoyer. The fusion of concepts intertwines architecture, decorative design, engraving, weaving, painting artistry, and silversmith depicting elements from all of the combined skills of these artists.
The design was inspired by the heritage of the two Huguenot churches, La Patente and St Luke’s... The design was to embody and honour the history of migrants and refugees and the rich tapestry created from the ongoing interacting and changing community that spanned the District of St. Luke, Westminster.
The design was inspired by the heritage of the two Huguenot churches, La Patente and St Luke’s, the Huguenots fled from mainland Europe to London. The design was to embody and honour the history of migrants and refugees and the rich tapestry created from the ongoing interacting and changing community that spanned the District of St. Luke, Westminster.
Clever in the application, we used the impressions of these designs in the steel, which created a sense of movement around the building, and the levels and individual panels. The design was a combination of elements, from the symbol of the rainbow and the mathematical language behind Jazz, stemming from impressions of Slavery and the African descendants who also came to these churches. By using geometries created in the motif design on the individual panels as a method to link Berwick and Hopkins Street with the overall design, where the churches would have stood in their full beauty years before.
The choice of the visual materials is to reflect both the interior and exterior, from the inspiration of the wallpaper and stained glass windows that would have been present in the original building design and architecture.
Alloy Fabweld applied this intricate design with residual perforation of varying shapes and sizes to create the overall aesthetic look and feel - this specialist application enables the metal to reflect shards of light to the frontage of the building to enhance the overall development style. This approach demonstrates what is possible with stainless steel specialist techniques for enhancing the overall look and feel of building structures.
The Berwick Street development is part of a major mixed-use scheme redevelopment in the heart of London’s West End, Soho.
You can read more about the inspiring design from Tom Gallent for Berwick Street here : https://www.tom-gallant.com/berwick-street-2
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