Curved Copper Gate
Materials: Copper and Stainless Steel
After days of collaboration between us, the architect, and an array of engineers, the most impressive part of this job is not visible.
The 2,000# gate operates on a single pivot and is easily opened by hand. A cross-shaped, leak-proof box houses the bearings and adjustment mechanisms in environmentally-safe lubricant (it’s an arid location and protected from the infrequent rain, but you can’t be too careful). Removable tiles conceal the stainless lid.
The visible portion of the gate consists of .125” copper plate on a stainless steel frame. The top edges of the copper were heated just to the melting point; the natural ripples and puckers resemble peaks of the surrounding mountains. Bright blue glass tucked between panels is a nod to to turquoise deposits near the home. For security, an electromagnetic latch is built into the pier.