The Oval Cricket Ground – also known as The Oval or Kia Oval – is one of the world's best-known cricket stadiums. Since it was built in the London suburb of Kennington in 1858 it has experienced numerous refurbishments and extensions. When choosing a façade material for the latest extensions, Rolfe Judd Architects, from London, chose around 5,600 square feet of the innovative Tigris Twist metal mesh from GKD.
In the first of its kind in 70 years, an 80,000 seat arena was built by AS Architecture Studio near Paris, France. Before The Grand Stade, no facility was equipped to accommodate over 45,000 people. Among impressive movable tiers on the new stadium, over 500 lights, and 180 speakers, each tier was adorned with woven metal mesh from GKD.
The Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago stands amongst Chicago’s landmark buildings that include Aqua and the Chicago Theater. Open and airy and yet, solid and robust, the famous architectural monuments share characteristics that hold up to the extreme weather of the windy city. The Modern Wing by the architects, Renzo Piano, boasts a steel and glass facade that permits light throughout the 264,000 square foot addition; making the art institute one of the largest museums in the US.
We imagine it is unusual for an architect to have a particular special interest in a single material, but to our delight, renowned architect Dominique Perrault remains enthusiastic about GKD metal fabrics. The architect has produced nearly a dozen international projects pushing metal fabrics into innovative and diverse applications. From industrial to commercial designs, to ceiling applications and moveable louvers, the architect never ceases to amaze with his innovative techniques and unique designs.