Category: Beyond The Weave
At GKD, when we think “metal fabric” we envision extraordinary design, nearly limitless applications and ever-evolving innovation. While metal fabric can be used in a variety of applications, we’ve profiled the top three ways architects and designers are incorporating the versatile material into building design.
Metal can be perforated, woven, etched, wrapped, and hung to create elaborate facades that bridge two worlds between art and architecture. From ornate, custom facades to striking sculptures, the material blends elements of design and functionality seamlessly.
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.
GKD woven stainless steel facades are as functional for sunshading as they are striking. In many instances the metal fabric material is specified for detailed, reflective and aesthetically pleasing qualities, but what ultimately beats the heat are its sunshading, daylighting, and sustainable benefits. In the summer months especially, GKD Metal Fabric offers relief from harsh direct sunlight and solar heating. The transparent stainless steel fabrics make a modern statement for any project, while providing natural ventilation and comfort.