Retail experts, The Jerde Partnership, who were responsible for the Mall of America and other global and iconic retail projects, recently, completed the highly anticipated $500 million dollar multi-functional complex. The US team completed the Kuntsevo Plaza just a few miles outside the bustling capital of Moscow. Spanning more than a city block, the complex includes retail, residential, public and office spaces, all intertwined to form a city within a city. Large and staggering in design, the project aims to change the economic, social and sustainable climate of Kuntsevo.
Brazil is not only gearing up for two major sporting events – the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, but also preparing itself for the future in terms of environmental protection. As such, the planners of the sporting venues were given the task of creating ecologically sustainable green buildings. However, the first public building in Brazil to receive a sustainability accolade is a courthouse, the "Tribunal de Justiça do Distrito Federal e dos Territórios/The Court of Justice of the Federal District and the Territories (TJDFT), which was awarded the much coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the USGBC. After considering many sustainable materials for the facade, Brazilian-architect, Siegbert Zanettini, ultimately decided on our stainless steel mesh.
The German town of Luckenwalde, a 30 min train ride to the capital Berlin, is seeing a spark of renovation and modernization projects, according to an article in Dezeen, which features the restoration of an old railroad station. Additionally, an annex was designed to house the town library. The spectacularly designed library utilizes striking golden building materials to showcase the town’s efforts of modernity.
Commended by the EXPO-jury in the context of the Saar terraces as an exemplary project for the revitalization of inner-city industrial branches, the LIGHT-CUBE is one of the worldwide projects of the World’s Fair. The exhibition grounds, which once yielded coal and steel, are developing into a thriving center for high-tech, media and service companies. The 16,000 square foot area of the LIGHT-CUBE has been tailored to the needs of the multimedia branch, with the outer cloak playing an optically spectacular, highly conspicuous role. According to the concept of Prof. Rüdiger Kramm, Axel Strigl and Benjamin Kramm, the mesh mantle is designed to be a seamless, all-round projection screen for extraordinary visualizations of complex information: in short, a “media façade.” The planners see this as the architectonic expression of a self-steering and self-generating system. As an “interface between enclosed space and the surrounding environment, it changes into a cloak which, as a climatic and illuminating membrane, has novel technical and aesthetic qualities.”