GKD headed to the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 with new products in hand, an exciting product collaboration making its public debut, and the anticipation of two events planned for the show. It was a unique opportunity to directly connect with influencers and opinion leaders, pick brains and learn how GKD can help architects and designers meet specific design needs.
Visionary architect and city planner Dominique Perrault headlined Facades+ NYC earlier this month, serving as the event’s opening keynote speaker. As the leading conference on the performance and design of building envelopes, Facades+ is a unique crossover event that attracts professionals from the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, fabrication, development and education.
A major GKD project recently garnered an international accolade winning the coveted 2017 Building of the Year Award from ArchDaily. The Dufour Pavilion refurbishment project at the Palace of Versailles was honored in the Best Applied Product category. Visited by millions per year, the entrance to this Parisian landmark has been transformed into an innovative and sustainable museum space. Through the elaborate use of GKD metal mesh, it mimics Versailles’s most famous design motifs - gold and mirrors.
Visionary Architect Dominique Perrault, Discoverer of Metal Mesh for A&D Applications, Bestowed Noble Honor in France
At a special ceremony held in Paris, Dominique Perrault took his place among the eight lifetime members of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. The visionary architect and city planner was presented with an honorary sword during the event, one of the honorable office's insignias. Historically crafted by a goldsmith, he requested that his sword be made of stainless steel and produced by longtime partner GKD. Perrault, who is credited with discovering metal mesh for A&D applications, has used the innovative material as a signature element in his buildings for more than 20 years.