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Water-jet cut metal screens create intricate shadow patterns throughout the day. Photo by Eduard Hueber

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sid_kothariSid Kothari wrote:1 April 2013
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    aamodt / plumb architects
    8 years ago
    I think something like this could work for a ceiling but it would require a fair amount of supporting structure beneath. Water jet cut panels tend to be thin, in our case, 3/8" so they wouldn't be able to span very far on their own. If you had beams across your space at a regular interval, you might be able to make it work - but you should have an architect or structural engineer take a look at it. Also, it depends on your climate - if you have snow loads, the problem becomes more difficult and would require more support structure.
  • Nancy Miller
    7 years ago
    These are beautiful. I would love to have something like this, but am afraid that the pattern would lead me to headaches.. :)

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Pat added this to The Barn5 days ago

instead of curtains, movable screens on large end windows - Water jet–cut aluminum screens cast swirling arabesques of shadow and light on these floor-to-ceiling windows

Jeff Huisman added this to Huisman House19 December 2020

I can't tell you how much I love the light and shadows this creates. I don't think we could afford it, or have any place to do something like this, but I love it.