Prominent Austrian Bank, Raiffeisen-Landesbank, features a unique inclined exterior design with a superimposed graphic on GKD metal fabric panels. Designed by Austrian firm, Strohecker, the bank was constructed with an emphasis on sustainability. Relying heavily on the use of natural daylight and energy-efficient building materials, GKD’s stainless mesh Tigris was specified.
There are many benefits produced as a byproduct of incorporating daylighting into an office building design. Access to daylight throughout the day improves employee well-being and overall health, even after leaving the office. Besides creating a pleasant working environment for employees, solar protection also plays a key part in supporting sustainable energy efficiency concepts.
In 2009, the Mayor of Phoenix, Ariz., introduced the Green Phoenix plan, partnering with community groups and individuals with the goal of becoming the most sustainable city in the United States. Exemplifying this partnership, Arizona State University built the 223,000 square foot Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communication building in downtown Phoenix, providing new classrooms, office space and a home for local PBS affiliate KAET Channel 8. GKD–USA’s Lago stainless steel woven metal fabric was used to create sunscreens, bringing the sustainable elements of sun control to the building.
Situated near the world-famous Zurich Zoo in the classy suburb of Hottingen, the shimmering monolith of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Headquarters crouches low in a clearing surrounded by woodland. This multi-story building is the representative center of the world's biggest sports association, cleverly planned down to the last detail, only becomes apparent once inside the building. The reduction to a few, unpretentious, yet at the same time, elegant materials is the characteristic stylistic device used in the design.