Mercado Picado

November 05, 2013 by metalab

Fall Colors!

October 09, 2013 by metalab

It was a nice day for some fall colors...

GMK Installation Complete

September 27, 2013 by metalab

Installation is complete on the Market Kiosks at Greater East End Navigation Blvd Esplanade.  Great work by Armando Arteaga (Metalab designer and PM), Merge Studios and Campo Sheet Metal.

Swamplot shows the Greater East End’s Esplanade in progress

August 21, 2013 by metalab

A sneak preview of the eclectic mix of artistic and functional elements soon to be unveiled at the Greater East End's Esplanade on Navigation. Metalab's Ringo solar lighting system and Mercado Picado shade structures adorn the landscape.  

Esplanade unveiling

August 21, 2013 by metalab

It was a working dog and pony show yesterday on the Navigation Esplanade in the Greater East End of Houston.  Installation was going on while the cameras were rolling from ABC13, The Chronicle, Swamplot and Culture Map.  Work by artists Gary Sweeney (Faux Bois anchor and benches) and Anthony Schumate (letter-form benches, bike racks and bus stops) was placed along with Mercado Picado Kiosks, Ringo LED lights and solar generators.  Thank you to the Greater East End, our enlightened clients, and The Art Guys (Lead Artist).  To be completed in October.

GMK Fabrication drawings

March 22, 2013 by metalab

Updated images of Mercado Picado fabrication drawings and siting of the market kiosks for the Greater East End on the Navigation Blvd Esplanade

Papel Picado patterns

March 06, 2013 by metalab

We are developing custom patterns and colors for the Market Kiosks currently under development for the Greater East End Navigation Blvd. Esplanade.  The traditional technique of die-cutting stacks of colored paper with cultural icons is scaled up and rendered in powder-coated sheet metal.  The shelters will provide dappled light to the public space below.  The units are paired with a version of the pattern as a gradient perforation in the adjacent kiosk.


Mercado Picado

October 22, 2012 by metalab

We have been retained by Greater East End to design a prototypical market kiosk for the Navigation Blvd. espanade in the east side of Houston.  These will be installed along with our Discus system with LED pedestrian lightings and solar generators.  They are designed with a perforated sheet metal shell roof that provides dappled light shading while retaining transparency to reduce wind loads.  The perforated pattern references the tradition of "papel picado" in the Hispanic culture of the surrounding neighborhood.