The Tours du Pont de Sèvres office towers on the south-western outskirts of Paris, which were built in 1975 and had since deteriorated into an eyesore, were long a potent symbol for the rise and fall of the French automotive industry. Dominique Perrault won an international architectural competition in 2007 with his facelift of the tradition-steeped towers. A central element of his concept for refurbishing, restructuring and expanding the colossal structures was the agora spanning some 16,000 square feet. Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost from Perrault's firm designed the foyer of this area as a meeting point and junction for residents and employees from a total of ten towers. To structure the 5,000-square foot hall, she chose ceiling-high room dividers made of Escale stainless steel mesh from GKD. Targeted lighting of the metallic structure creates a variety of reflections, which underline the bright, inviting character of the representative lobby.
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.
Barcelona's main artery is the Promenade Las Ramblas, which connects the Placa Catalunya with the harbor. A colorful mix of street artists, vendors of flowers, animals and newspapers, market halls and cafes draws local inhabitants and visitors alike to this magical, elegant promenade for relaxed strolling. On each side of this central lifeline, flanked by roads, lie the old city quarters El Raval and Barri Gotic, both worthy destinations for lovers of culture and cuisine. And here, too, perfectly placed at the hub of the action, is the new four-star design hotel of the famous Spanish hotel chain Barcelo, the Barcelo Raval. A 124-foot-high elliptical cylinder, completely clad in a veil of shimmering woven metallic mesh, this 186-room hotel is literally the linchpin of the Rambla del Raval's two axes. A special production of GKD's spiral mesh type Escale ensures that guests have an optical view of this beautiful city outwards through the metal facade, while for onlookers outside the mesh mirrors a subtle reflection of the hotel's surroundings.
Two new public spaces in the Versailles Pavilion Dufour shine with detailed gold Escale 5x1 from GKD as part of a redevelopment project designed by French architect, Dominique Perrault. Among the classic stone and wood materials is an awe-inspiring golden ceiling made of shimmering, golden metal fabric. The metal mesh dresses the entryway, where visitors begin their tour, making a strong architectural statement. Then, throughout the gallery gold Escale creates a modern accent that contrasts beautifully against a natural palette.