The Chapel of St. Lawrence in Vantaa, Finland is a beautiful example of architecture’s ability to showcase a journey independently of the project’s articulated message. Two young architects who immediately gained international recognition for their intelligible designs started the responsible firm in 2004. Avanto Architects’ design for the chapel focused on the Christian concept of ‘the Path,’ in which the journey to eternity is experienced.
The Tours du Pont de Sèvres office towers on the south-western outskirts of Paris, which were built in 1975 and had since deteriorated into an eyesore, were long a potent symbol for the rise and fall of the French automotive industry. Dominique Perrault won an international architectural competition in 2007 with his facelift of the tradition-steeped towers. A central element of his concept for refurbishing, restructuring and expanding the colossal structures was the agora spanning some 16,000 square feet. Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost from Perrault's firm designed the foyer of this area as a meeting point and junction for residents and employees from a total of ten towers. To structure the 5,000-square foot hall, she chose ceiling-high room dividers made of Escale stainless steel mesh from GKD. Targeted lighting of the metallic structure creates a variety of reflections, which underline the bright, inviting character of the representative lobby.
White GKD metal fabric plays a disappearing act on the interior of a commercial office building in Toronto, Canada. With sharp geometric lines and vibrant white walls set against concrete floors and metal railings, a few red bucket chairs starkly break up the monotone design. The overall aesthetic creates a futuristic lobby worthy of the busy, interconnected corporate office that caters to premium retail spaces below 14 floors of office space. GKD Omega 1510 was used to create partitions on the second level, hiding walkways and blending into the design allowing the metal fabric to become indistinguishable from the solid white walls.
A metal mesh system for a ceiling is a unique choice for a building. That’s why the new workspace for ValueAct Capital, a prominent investment management company located in San Francisco, stands out with GKD metal fabric specified in the ceiling.