Urban Modern cut through aluminum awning in Bucktown


An aluminum awning we designed that was initially just meant to be functional in Chicago. We added a spout and a slope to ensure water would properly drain and added an endcap to the other side of the brick for the design to appear as if it is going through the stone. We also added internal supports to avoid any cables.

We often have clients come to us who trust our vision and love to simply provide us with rough measurements and just images of inspiration that we can utilize for our true artistic creation.

We also had a client in the Lakeview area of Chicago who needed our expert advise. John was looking for an awning that would be modern but at the same time will match the design of his house. He did have some ideas but at the same time wanted the awning to be maintenance free as well as part functional and part art.

We began our process of drawing a few ideas and sketches and had to go back and fourth with a few concepts to really pull out the right concept. In the end we decided on an aluminum fabricated awning that had a pitch inside to ensure water was never staying still and a spigot for the water to drain in one spot. As well we decided on adding one extra element on the other side of the awning to make it seem as through it’s going through the brick but in reality it is just two pieces. Now we decided on aluminum as a wrought iron solution would simply weight to much and would need rods for support while aluminum can simply rely on the two side walls to support is. It is much lighter. Now to address the maintenance concern we had the final product sand blasted first to ensure the powder coating adhered properly followed by 2 coats of powder coating.

The entire process took a bit of time as well as the installation was a bit complicated as we needed several people to support the final product to set it in place but the final product looks fantastic! The client loves it and wants to do additional exterior work on his property and I bet no one else has a similar awning like this.

This is the kind of project our metal fabrication team really love to explore as it has many design and technical challenges that we really have to spend time developing but the final product is always perfection – what we strive for on every job!

What do you think of this design? Would you change anything?