Distinctive décor in public areas is what really sets an exclusive housing property apart. It is customary to use brass, copper and bronze décor in the public areas of the more prestigious residential and commercial buildings worldwide. Elevator portals and cages, entrances and reception areas, mailboxes, zoning partition walls, ceiling, wall and column finishing: brass, copper and bronze are used with growing frequency as the principal element of décor in these and many other applications. No wonder: the value of these metals only increases with time while the spaces they adorn always look chic and up-to-date.
The Brass Workshop has recently completed a uniquely challenging project wherein we manufactured and installed brass elevator portals, a brass balustrade, and brass mailboxes in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in the center of Moscow.
An elite historic building and notable architectural landmark deserves to be decorated in brass, of all metals.
The balustrade, consisting of 75 finely crafted brass balusters, was a worthy addition to the historic interior. A brass balustrade like this takes extraordinary craftsmanship on the drawing board, as well as during the manufacture and installation. The entire set of balusters may have to be remade because of the tiniest error. Custom-made templates were used to manufacture the brass balustrade. The brass spindles were welded into place. All brass balusters were polished, patinated, and covered with special protective wax meant specifically for brass.
Some balusters were made from brass tubes, also polished and patinated.
The historic wrought iron bar underneath the handrail, which the customer elected to keep, now rests on a new brass balustrade. The bar was misshapen – it geometry would not allow for nice and clean joints. We had a lot of trouble with that historic wrought-iron bar.
The brass mailboxes made a real difference décor-wise in the entrance area.
The brass and mirror decorative panels – the elevator portals – were a piece of work. Their top is formed by brass capping strips converging at a sharp angle. The lateral elevator portals consist of vertical strips of brass. The spaces between the strips are filled with mirrors.
The icing on the cake for all this magnificence was the all-brass wicket gate. Everything on that gate is made from brass: the hinges, the bolt, and all the rest of it.
We thank Utro Bureau and all architects who worked on this great project for letting us contribute and for the photos they sent us.
We hope the tenants of that house enjoy the feast of brass we have created for them.