Terra Cotta Sun Created for Pacific Gate Condominiums
The entranceway of the Pacific Gate Condominiums, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox’s (KPF) New York office, incorporates a terra cotta wall manufactured by Boston Valley. The entry wallpanels, which terminate at a water feature, are inscribed with a geometric pattern in a gold luster glaze – imitating the warmth of the setting sun.
The single-form terra cotta units were ram-pressed and hand-finished using variable templates of concentric circles. Below are images of the wall laid out on the factory floor for inspection to ensure correct alignment and fit. The pieces were then hand painted with the gold luster glaze.
You can see renderings of what the final building design on the KPF website.