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.
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.
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.
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.