One of the easiest and most effective ways of reducing the visual effect of antenna systems is to integrate the facility into an existing structure or building. Integrating the facility does not necessarily mean constructing a purpose built facility such as a fake chimney or church steeple. It can be as simple as color matching and flush mounting antennas to a building to reduce their visibility.
Color matching and flush mounting antennas were the most common design opportunity identified and supported by the consultation undertaken for the ASDF project. By color matching and flush mounting antennas, clean building lines can be maintained and antennas are more likely to “blend” in and appear to be part of the existing building/structure.
It is acknowledged that where antennas are flush mounted this can make access for maintenance difficult. Specific site constraints can limit access. For example, some sites will not be able to be accessed using a cherry picker so flush mounting would not be viable.
Antennas colour matched to the bricks of the church.
Antennas color matched and flush mounted to an existing building.