The client came to us with a brief that involved creating a distinctive eye-catching new canopy/veranda addition to an existing building. The ground floor was to be gutted awaiting conversion for retail to restaurant/cafe usage and as such exterior covered seating areas were proposed to sit above the footpath level as frontages to the future restaurant spaces.
The canopy itself takes the form of a delicate waveform movement achieved by the regular placement of offset profiled fins. Each fin is powder coated and individually attached to the support structure behind, with the fins on the lower canopy allowing visual permeability through to the building behind by way of 1/2 height infill panels between. The canopy over the main entry lifts up and steps back from the street, providing a visual break in the street edge veranda as well as signifying entry location. Sloped glazing over the seating area adds to the feeling of lightness imparted by the canopy itself.
The white powder coating and subtle curved profile generates a lovely quality of light and as a result the character of the canopy changes depending on sun angle and time of day.