The Tonhalle Düsseldorf was originally constructed as a planetarium, the Rheinhalle, by German architect Wilhelm Kreis. Converted into a concert hall in the 1970s, the dome structure lacked the proper acoustic needs for a concert venue. In order to provide a more “modern feel” and acoustic renovations, Hentrich-Petschnigg & Partner (HPP) Architects utilized GKD metal mesh for the hall’s interior.
Modern architecture – according to Munich's Lord Mayor, Christian Ude – has a hard time in the white and blue metropolis. This skepticism also applies to the new main synagogue in the heart of Munich's historic district. The inauguration of the Jewish Community Center at St. Jakobplatz, right next to the Town Hall and the Church of Our Lady, is the highly symbolic result of twenty long years of incessant agitation and promotion by the President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch. The Jewish community's move from the outskirts of Munich to its new, and at the same time old, location in the middle of town, is the crowning moment of her life's work. 68 years after the Pogrom Night, the new main synagogue features again prominently in the Munich skyline, just as its predecessor once did. In memory of the orthodox synagogue destroyed by the Nazis back in 1938, the new synagogue bears the same Hebrew name: Ohel Jakob ("Jacob's Tent").
Inden, Germany currently has a large open cast brown coal mine. The mine spans 4,500 hectares, yet excavation will end in 2030 when the unusual landscape is transformed into the ‘Der Indeische See,’ a large sporting venue. The city commissioned Maurer United Architects (MUA) to create a watchtower with a landmark design in that location. For this, MUA created the Indemann (the man of the town of Inden), a 118-foot robot that the architects explain, “The Indemann’s design is characterized by its striking external appearance, but the real surprise lies in the staged experiences that the visitors can expect in its interior.”
Metal mesh as the exterior skin of a building provides a constantly changing stage for architecture by light interplay. Additionally, it gives form to architectural visions. In doing so, it fulfills many functions including; the resilient and low-maintenance material offers reliable fire and weather protection, takes over climate regulation as well as energy functions, and serves as an aesthetically pleasing sun protector. Particularly in countries with a hot climate, metal mesh façades give buildings a breathable cladding, offering natural ventilation and effectively filtering unwanted sunlight at the same time.