Commercial Lean-to Awnings
Coconut Grove, Florida
This project entails a total building renovation in the charming Coconut Grove area. Previously, barrel shaped awnings were on the entire façade of the building; making it look old and dated now. The client wanted to totally redesign the building to make an entirely new façade and that included updating the awnings. Their goal was to renovate and create a cultural hub in this main street of Coconut Grove. For the building they wanted to have a mix of local business and keep with the artistic fabric of the community. They wanted the building and awnings to be new, modern and artistic.
(12) New stationary awnings of various sizes were designed for the building’s east, north and west facades. The awnings were fabricated with Natura in: Black, Navy and Digital White. Custom stripes were made to go vertically or horizontally. The color patterns vary for each awning. Each awning has an 8” wrap around valance in black Natura, for signage now or in the future. By creating the custom stripes, the awnings are more artistic, but this also ensures that the colors of the stripes will not fade as quickly. This is an important feature in the tropical climate of the region. Innovative construction methods were used to measure, design and fabricate the awnings so that installation would be able to be quickly accomplished.
Although these look like they are simple awnings, they have many special features. For the frame structure, special telescoping brackets had to be made, as the distance to the wall varies throughout the structure. The architect wanted custom stripes that would run, either vertically or horizontally. For each awning there was a variation of color patterns, whether this is horizontal or vertical. To achieve this extremely accurate measurements and special attention to detail would be necessary.
The building looks totally different from the way it looked before. It was featured in the local newspaper and online. This building renovation has really shown how awnings add to the character and charm of a neighborhood. The use of the new awnings have updated the look of this main corner of the community. The awnings also provide protection from the rain and UV protection for the retail merchants. These awnings have helped to make this dated building look new, dynamic and fresh.