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.
Metal mesh ceilings from GKD are spectacular and for the most part, one of a kind. Urged by architects and designers, we developed ways for beauty of these meshes to be incorporated into highly desired, functional ceiling systems that can have a great range of looks too.
In the ever-growing multitude of green building products available in today’s market, one material that doesn’t always come straight to mind is stainless steel. But this often overlooked material holds a wealth of sustainability benefits that grow tenfold when applied and bolstered by technology such as woven metal mesh. GKD-USA has harnessed the inherent sustainability characteristics of stainless steel, using the material as a medium for creating striking, LEED-worthy building exteriors.
In the heart of St Kilda, a suburb of the southern Australian city of Melbourne, one can find one of the region's most impressive buildings in the form of the mysterious and appealing Luna Apartments. For the building’s extravagantly formed shell, the architects chose bronze-colored anodized GKD. Inspired by Princess Leia’s infamous gold bikini the architects of Elenberg Fraser state, “While Luna’s curvaceous form echoes the draping lines of Leia’s usual white robes, the shimmering gold glass and metal mesh materials are matched perfectly with the colours and textures of the gold brassiere.”