Metal Forming

Metal Forming and Fabrication for Architecture

In the realm of architectural design, the marriage of artistry and engineering finds its true expression through the transformative process of metal forming. This dynamic technique allows architects and designers to sculpt metal into intricate shapes, curves, and structures that redefine the boundaries of creativity and possibility. From avant-garde facades to functional interior elements, metal forming stands as a testament to the fusion of aesthetics and structural integrity in the built environment.

Featured Projects

  • Durango Station
    A desert-inspired entry for the Durango Casino and Resort in Las Vegas was clad in DMD weathering steel. The project is designed by the Friedmutter Group with exteriors by JIVE Architecture.
  • Destination Crenshaw
    Dissimilar Metal Design is providing design-engineering and custom-formed metal with perforations for Destination Crenshaw in LA.
  • Barclays Center
    Amidst the urban tapestry of Brooklyn, the Barclays Center stands as a harmonious blend of architectural ingenuity and urban vitality.
  • ECHO Global
    For the new Echo Global Logistics headquarters in Downtown Chicago, the design team at Cannon Design brought Dissimilar Metal Design in to consult, engineer, and supply a unique entryway spatial divider.

Range of forming Techniques:

Metal forming encompasses an array of techniques, each contributing its unique signature to architectural designs. These techniques not only enable the realization of daring visions but also empower the creation of functional, durable, and visually captivating structures.

Roll Forming: This method involves passing metal sheets or strips through a series of rollers to shape them into desired profiles. Roll forming is ideal for creating linear elements such as panels, cladding, and roofing components.

Press Braking: Press brakes use force to bend metal sheets into angles, curves, and shapes. This technique offers precision and versatility, making it suitable for creating intricate architectural details.

Stretch Forming: In this process, metal sheets are stretched and bent over a form using a hydraulic or mechanical system. Stretch forming is ideal for producing smooth, curved surfaces and can be applied to both small and large-scale projects.

Spinning: Spinning involves rotating a metal disc against a form, gradually shaping it into cylindrical or conical forms. This technique is often used to create architectural elements like columns and domes.

Architectural Forms Realized:

The application of metal forming in architecture leads to a host of groundbreaking possibilities:

Curved Facades: Metal forming allows for the creation of curved and undulating facades that add a sense of movement and uniqueness to buildings. These facades not only stand as architectural marvels but also optimize energy efficiency by providing optimal sunlight exposure and shading.

Sculptural Elements: Architectural metalwork can take on the form of breathtaking sculptures that grace indoor and outdoor spaces. Metal forming lends itself to the creation of intricate patterns, abstract shapes, and large-scale artworks that capture attention and imagination.

Canopies and Roofs: Metal-formed canopies and roofs are not just functional; they’re design statements. The flexibility of metal forming lets architects craft canopies with flowing lines or intricate geometric patterns that protect spaces while making a bold aesthetic statement.

Interior Elegance: Metal forming extends its magic to interior spaces, where it shapes staircases, railings, partitions, and light fixtures that infuse elegance and modernity.

Sustainable Innovations: Metal forming techniques contribute to sustainable architecture by enabling the creation of optimized forms that harness natural light and ventilation, reducing the need for artificial heating and cooling.

What Dissimilar Brings to Metal

Metal forming in architecture exemplifies the synergy between art and engineering. It empowers architects to dream beyond the limitations of traditional materials, crafting structures that are not just functional but also captivating works of art. By seamlessly blending aesthetics with structural innovation, metal forming for architecture stands as a testament to the boundless possibilities of human creativity, pushing the boundaries of what is achievable in the built environment.