ApplicationsCultural, educational, corporate, public, commercial
CharacteristicsDurable, variety of mesh types, flexible use, transparent, easy maintenance, customizable
GKD Metal Fabric is experienced in providing extraordinary metal fabric solutions. Their technological heritage gives them the know-how to determine the best way to aesthetically, effectively and safely apply metal fabric in varied situations and uncommon ways.
Modern interior design has embraced the use of industrial materials and metal fabrics are being used more often in both architectural applications and interior design. GKD Metal Fabrics are both functional and visually attractive and stainless steel metal fabrics are also environmentally conscious. Architectural metal fabrics can be used in a number of ways in contemporary design:
- Room Partitions
Metal fabrics can be used to create freestanding partitions in offices, restaurants, museums, and other high-traffic spaces. Many metal fabrics are semi-transparent and can be used to separate spaces without blocking natural light.
- Elevator Cab Interiors
Too often, a building's impressive interior design disappears in the elevator. Builders are starting to take advantage of elegant elevator cab interiors made from metal fabric. These panels are both durable and aesthetically-pleasing, which makes them an ideal choice for an otherwise dull elevator interior.
- Acoustic Ceiling Panels
While ceiling panels are often used to hide unsightly pipes, wires, and other architectural features, in concert halls these panels must meet specific acoustic requirements. Compared to other types of ceiling panels, metal fabrics can often enhance reverb and provide superior acoustic results in concert halls.
- Sunlight Barriers
Natural light can present challenges to everyday use. In religious spaces, office environments, and academic environments, direct sunlight can interfere with the building's purpose. However, carefully placed metal fabrics can be used to block the sun without eliminating natural light altogether. This also has the additional benefit of reducing the need for air conditioning, making the architectural metals a sustainable material for modern buildings.
Column Covers in Beijing Opera
|Architect||Paul Andreu, ADP Paris|
|Project Type||Public Buildings and Arts|
In the Beijing National Opera 123 columns are clad with Baltic stainless steel fabric that provides a protective contrast to the golden mesh façade. The texture of Baltic woven cables gives off a soft luster in the light. Regardless of column shape, GKD metal fabric material can cover columns comfortably. For each project, architects and designers can specify custom designs; appearance, texture, flexibility, and opacity are all variables that can be customized.
Each column measures over 100 feet high and 43 feet in diameter and is fully clad in Baltic stainless steel wire mesh; in contrast to the standard version of this mesh, the architect specified a 2.5-millimeter thick weft wire. Like the columns beneath it, the mesh was lacquered dark grey on-site.