Street Bollards and Safety fence from potential fall areas can be beautiful and match the design of the building. Gone are the days of the simple 6-inch pipe 4 feet deep and 3ft out of the ground simply filled with concrete. Now commercial and government agencies are demanding safety and security that blends into the architecture of the building. A recent trip to DC I took a look at different Street Bollards to see where this needed device has transformed to a cosmetic piece of the building.
You will notice in the first picture on the left that it is a protective railing from a lowered flower bed that is below street level. An obvious trip hazard, as well as a break to keep people from cutting across the bed damaging the plants and possibly the irrigation system. The finish is very unique. A bushed dark brown with a slight texture to it so it isn’t just a flat matte paint. Using the same finish the oval-shaped bollards in front create a beautiful connection to the oval topped handrail 20+feet away. It does not break the seamless view of the building or landscaping.
The 4th picture (last in the line) is a street edge bollard that is very ornate. It has flowers near the top of the post. I thought at first glance that they are Cherry Blossoms. But counting the petals they are a few too many to match up. And for symmetry and balance, they probably meant to confuse the viewer. Either way, it works. But notice the extra purpose of this bollard. Look at the small rings on the sides at the top. No those are not for George Washington to tie up his horse. those are for chains/ropes for crowd control and flow. Instantly, this creates a barrier for pedestrian traffic. Always consider other or future uses for a bollard or even an iron fence.
Drop off protection is more important than ever. The lovely smartphone has blinded us to the dangers on our paths. I love what this hotel in DC did with a 4ft iron fence to protect a vent hole alongside their building. Notice the painted tops of the fence. They painted it with a brass paint. And did a really good job. I did not notice until I was right up on the fence that it was painted. If you have a project that cannot be changed due to cost, disruption, or in this case without historical committee reviews. You can add clean accents to the fence and make it beautiful.
Check out the blog: Different Fence Materials for Different Needs
This is the third in a series about the Ironworks of DC.