Known today as the Mellon Independence Center Building, Philadelphia residents know this historic building as the Lit Brothers Department Store, which occupied the building for nearly a century. This beautiful building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and currently houses the regional headquarters for the Mellon Bank with retail space on the ground level.
Australian firm-K2Ld Architects designed an extravagant residential dwelling that is enveloped in a semi-transparent golden mesh, giving the illusion of a “Golden Box.” While the building is protected against direct views from the outside during the day, the semi-transparent wire mesh covering the glass façade offers an unhindered view of the surrounding garden. It is not until night that the Golden Box reveals itself and the illuminated interior shimmers through the semi-transparent shell.
There is a common misconception that parking design is synonymous with boring design. Yet, with the use of innovative building materials, parking facades can be not only aesthetically pleasing but serve numerous functionalities such as solar management, daylighting, and natural ventilation. These functions allow for energy and cost efficiency, giving all the security of concrete without the burden of mechanical ventilation.
With the objective of developing the city into a global center of art and culture, Singapore is investing in its historical city center with extensive renovation and modernization work. As the most important part of this initiative, the historic Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall (VTCH) in the so-called Civic District underwent a four-year modernization process under the leadership of W Architects in collaboration with Arup Ltd., London. Securing the latest technical standards and subtly combining old and new were the key requirements of the renovation process for the grand dame of the performing arts. Metal fabric from GKD – GEBR. KUFFERATH AG (GKD) in Düren allows contemporary functionality to be combined with high-grade architecture in large-scale applications here.