Architects Use Transparent Metal Mesh On Hotel With Traditional Spanish Monastic Design

January 05, 2016 | Projects

 Project Name:  Parador Alcalá de Henares
 Location:  Alcala de Henares, Spain
 Architect:  Aranguren & Gallegos Architects
 GKD Metal Fabric:  Tigris
 Photography:  GKD/FOTONIK

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. 

Parador Alcala de Henares, Aranguren Gallegos Architects, Madrid, GKD Metal Fabric Tigris Mesh

In Alcalá de Henares, a town in the Spanish province of Madrid, the Parador Alcalá de Henares is clad with a woven sun protector from GKD. Over 20,000 sq ft of Tigris mesh was installed as a protective two-layer cladding in front of the exterior wall of the hotel, which is housed in the former Dominican convent of Santo Tomás. The Tigris sun protector ensures a comfortable climate in each room, while providing unhindered views to the outside. The mesh also shields the interior environment from undesirable insight.

Parador Alcala de Henares, Aranguren Gallegos Architects, Madrid, GKD Metal Fabric Tigris Mesh

The use of a transparent mesh material allows for the building’s monastic Spanish architecture to be showcased while also providing the sunshading and weather ability protection the building required. There becomes a beautiful juxtaposition between the original brickwork and the enveloping tightly woven metal mesh. Now while there is a strong debate regarding the mixture of classical and modern architectural materials, the transparent mesh provides a solar barrier that will produce a more energy efficient structure without compromising aesthetics. 

Parador Alcala de Henares, Aranguren Gallegos Architects, Madrid, GKD Metal Fabric Tigris Mesh

Whether as complete cladding or in the form of individual elements: metal meshes reduce solar energy input. This not only optimizes the interior climatic and lighting conditions, it also considerably reduces investment and running costs for the building services and air-conditioning technology. A woven sun protector not only represents cost savings, it is also a safeguard as well as a fascinating light filter. 

Photography GKD/FOTONIK

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