Cor-Ten Cattails Sculptural Fence transitional-exterior
 

Cor-Ten Cattails Sculptural Fence

Photographer: Tom Crane


Made of 300, 10-foot steel blades set upright 8 inches apart, the award winning Cor-Ten Cattails Sculptural fence was designed for a home in Berwyn, Pennsylvania as a yard sculpture that also keeps deer out.

Made of COR-TEN, a steel alloy that eliminates the need for painting and maintains a rich, dark rust color without corroding, the fence stanchions were cut with a plasma cutter from sheets of the alloy.

Each blade stands 8 feet above grade, set in concrete 3 feet below, weighs 80-90 pounds and is 5/8 inch 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 1200 pounds.

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June 23, 2014
jleebenson wrote:
can you tell me what part of Philadelphia the house is located
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Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd.
It's located in the Main Line area just outside of Philadlephia.
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October 6, 2013
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I just added the photo to the project page!
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Jacobson Architecture
Great house and spectacular fence.
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March 23, 2013
plohni wrote:
How was the fence installed? - How was the fence installed? did you pour the concrete in a continuous curve and then insert the planks with a level? it's just lovely.... it is so elegant .
Did you design it in response to a particular request from the client (
deer fence? just asked for a regular fence but "different"? fence to keep dog in? was there a program requirement? thanks for sharing this, it's very inspiring and reminds me to find simple solutions that can be aesthetically pleasing.
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Thank you very much for your kind feedback. Here is the story behind the design of this custom fence:
Located on a twelve-acre property in Berwyn, Pennsylvania sits an Arts & Crafts Inspired House designed and built roughly ten years ago. The property and structures continue to evolve with the most recent addition of a sculptural fence. While performing as a “fence” to keep deer out it was conceived as yard sculpture.

Roughly 300 individual COR-TEN (registered trademark with the United States Steel Corporation) steel blades, set 8 inches apart, stretch from the corner of the house to the edge of the property. COR-TEN steel is different from typical steel in that it is essentially pre-rusted. It is made up of a group of steel alloys which were developed to eliminate the need for painting and form a stable rust-like appearance. The material was chosen for its rich, dark color which picks up on the clay tile roof of the house and for the steel’s durability.

Each stanchion stands 8’ above grade, 2’ below, weighs 80-90 lbs, and is 5/8” thick. The profile of the stanchions is an irregular trapezoid that abstractly relates to forms taken from the house. No stanchion is parallel with any other except at the gate, and full scale templates were made to help the contractor set each one individually in concrete at its own angle. There are no horizontal connections or supports between stanchions in the fence. The gate has only two horizontal bars to help span the driveway, and each leaf weighs 1200 lbs. Fence stanchions were cut with a plasma cutter from sheets of COR-TEN steel and gate stanchions were cut and then welded to solid machined steel bars.

The serpentine layout of the fence is deliberate; it weaves through the front yard, ‘opening and closing’ around existing trees, straightening out only when crossing the drive, then continuing to weave on the other side. Combined with the angular profile of the stanchions, the winding plan can play some interesting tricks on the eyes; from some points the fence looks solid, and others it looks blade thin, sometimes projecting a wave effect of light passing through. During strong winds it actually becomes kinetic, an allusion to blowing blades of grass.
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March 3, 2013
jkauna wrote:
Who designed the fence and how was it manufactured? - ?
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pixierosie
Love this....special.
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i love
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