How to Incorporate Screens Into Your Design
Screens are a favoured design inclusion within interior and exterior architecture across the world. It’s not hard to understand why, they are very appealing to look at, are fairly cost-effective, and provide a range of practical benefits such as privacy, acoustic qualities and spatial arrangement.
Enquiries for screens are a regular occurrence within our office. We’re proud to have worked on many and want to share these with you, along with some other outstanding designs completed by others.
Everyone wants to create an entrance that delivers a great first impression to everyone who visits. It’s the place where people begin to feel welcome and comfortable within a new space. Depending on their design, architectural screens can create a positive impression upon arrival and help guide visitors into a space.
This guiding of people within a space is called wayfinding and screens can be used to achieve this by creating a sense of direction or by integrating signage. Another benefit of screens in entrances is that they create additional protection from drafts and added privacy from the prying eyes of passerby’s.
Concrete, steel and timber are the main palettes of materials used to paint a striking facade unlike any other. Timber battens made from the ever-popular species, Blackbutt, in a flute profile, line the front and sides of the home to create a screen. This allows natural light to filter through while also providing adequate privacy from onlookers -as there is sure to be many after it was named the Australian House of the Year 2020.
Screens are so versatile and easy to install in a range of settings. Their effectiveness at screening unsightly areas or even covering appliances in a kitchen makes them a popular choice within interiors. This is where the practical benefits of screens can really benefit a space.
Areas outside used for utilities or storage can be screened so that you can’t see what is behind and also don’t suspect that it is covering anything; they blend so seamlessly into their surroundings. Screens can also be applied in kitchens to cover doors or appliances without disrupting the design aesthetic. These examples are demonstrated throughout Cove House, the Australian House of the Year 2020.
Screens can really heighten the appeal of a façade, thanks to the texture and form they provide. Architectural screens serve as a visual feature and provide practical benefits, such as privacy. Timber or aluminium battens can be coated for exterior use, giving specifiers the freedom to create their vision without the worry of rapid aging.
Screens work so well on facades as they capture natural sunlight which filters perfectly throughout the design. This creates shadowing, depth and raised areas that seem to pop out at you. Screens are a practical and affordable solution for facades to create a unique look on a building. The patterning and texture they provide is exceptional (as well as durable) and provides a lasting impression to all who view the finished product.
The facade encapsulates the entire home into a single form, creating a unique look for this single residential property. Click-on Battens were used to create the amazing facade, using Satin White Powder coated Battens. These battens were spaced at 100mm, creating linear textures over the structure.
Wet areas often need increased privacy and separation of areas, this is where screens are an excellent design choice. They can be applied in a range of durable materials including aluminium and timber.
The interior pool area of Aqui Promenade uses Click-on Battens to create feature walls and ceilings which suit the space aesthetically while being able to withstand the wet environment. This project uses timber across multiple areas including a gym, lobby and the interior pool area, with it used to create screens in these areas. Thankfully once it is coated, timber can become resistant to high moisture environments and provides a natural aesthetic across an interior.
Office and Commercial Spaces
Give employees some privacy within their work areas with screens. Depending on the material, they can provide sound absorption (acoustic performance) as well as contribute to an inviting and comfortable space.
In open-plan style offices where meeting or lounge areas need to be separated, a simple screen can make a world of difference. Without cutting off the space from the wider room, a screen allows for visual connectivity allowing occupants to remain connected.
Lake Macquarie City Council Office
A colour scheme of blue, green, white, black, grey and warm peach and burgundy tones mix well with the large quantity of timber wall battens and screens within this office. The screen picture here is made from our Free Standing Screen in popular timber species Blackbutt. It simply divides the space and adds interest to the area.
Interested in Screens?
If you’re interested in the possibility of incorporating screens within your next design, we would be happy to discuss some of our options with you. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact by calling us on 1800 008 828 or contacting us below. We will be glad to help.