GKD Escale Encapsulates City Center In Berlin

September 20, 2016 | Projects

Seven buildings surround a sprawling courtyard in the historic heart of Berlin at the Potsdamer Platz. The most impressive out of the cluster of office centers is the central plaza canopied by a towering tent structure made from glass and steel. German-American architect, Helmut Jahn of Murphy-Jahn Architects, designed the reconstruction project that won the original design competition. Also, notably, consulting with the architects was the world-renowned multi-disciplinary engineering firm, Arup.

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Architect Spotlight: Arup

September 13, 2016 | Beyond The Weave

Arup is a multi-disciplinary architecture and engineering firm headquartered in London. Ove Arup, a Danish British engineer whose influences include, Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus movement, founded the company. Arup has participated in projects in over 160 countries and operates in 92 offices around the world. Among those projects is the Sydney Opera House, which is credited with launching Arup into premier engineering consultancy status.

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GKD Metal Fabric Provides Much Needed Sunshading On Streamsong Resort

September 06, 2016 | Projects

A luxury resort in Bowling Green, Florida, The Streamsong Resort claims an ancient history as the foundation for its design inspiration. Prehistoric creatures once roamed the county creating deeply layered sediment and massive rock deposits in their wake. The small Florida County even earned the nickname, “bone valley.” With such rich history, architect Alberto Alfonso took care to incorporate each historical detail of the landscape through initial paintings and sketches. It is within this process, Alfonso, explored shapes, scale and light when creating his layered resort

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GKD Mediamesh Display Delights Shoppers In Northern China Mall

August 30, 2016 | Case Histories

The port city of Dalian in northern China is a city of contrasts. A vibrant center of trade and industry, this rapidly growing metropolis plays an equally important role in the region as one of the country's most popular vacation destinations. In the city center of Dalian, the Beijing office of the NBBJ architectural firm designed the Eton Place Dalian tower complex as a superlative multifunctional development: five mixed-use towers standing 41 to 81 stories high and a six-story mall transform the 6.23-hectare site into an exclusive microcosm of urban life. The connecting element between the two highest towers is the spacious mall, with a roof designed in a manner reminiscent of a park. Over six floors, it offers a representative atmosphere for high-class boutiques, a luxury department store, elite gastronomy and a supermarket. Large Mediamesh screens from GKD running around the corners of the building seize the attention of passers-by at both main entrances. The transparent displays made of filigree stainless steel mesh with integrated LED profiles function as an advertising platform for luxury goods from all over the world and underline the exclusivity of the building complex.

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