Nearly 500 framed GKD panels subtly enhance the visual appearance of the MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok, Thailand. This attractive exterior façade fulfills two functional roles: it serves as reliable fall guard protection on all floors and plays a key role in supporting the environmentally friendly initiatives of the complex.
GKD partnered with the American Institute of Architects Chesapeake Bay Chapter to hold a CEU at its award-winning headquarters. The event, titled "Weaving, Fabricating and Customizing Architectural Metal Fabrics," was the brainchild of local architect Charles Paul Goebel and brought 34 members from the chapter to Cambridge, MD for a day of learning and exploration.
Dynamic, interactive façades work well in large-scale applications and can cover sizable existing surfaces while decreasing the use of electricity compared to traditional electronic billboards. Plus, thanks to a high level of transparency, these façades allow for natural daylight and ventilation to reach the buildings surface.
As the A&D community works with facility managers and building owners to reduce the environmental impact of built spaces and meet new LEED standards, they need a variety of products that look great and offer substantial performance benefits over traditional façades. Woven metal mesh fabric from GKD is one solution to this complex problem.