Metallic fabric: a source of boundless inspiration
The discovery of the unique aesthetic features of metallic fabric by the French architect Dominique Perrault heralded the birth of architectural and design fabric at the beginning of the 1990s. With this material, which had previously only been used in industrial applications, GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG opened up a multitude of possible new interpretations for planners as well as previously undreamt-of functional possibilities. GKD metallic fabric can be flexibly formed and tensioned and seamlessly integrated into any architecture – in a two or three-dimensional design. Woven from stainless steel, aluminium or bronze and with freely adaptable openings in both warp and weft directions, it fulfils individual requirements in terms of transparency and energy transmission. With a variety of material combinations and surface treatments such as coating, bead blasting, anodising or printing, the world's leading technical weaving enterprise constantly redefines the aesthetics of the material without compromising its intrinsic advantages such as weather resistance, ease of maintenance and recyclability. At the same time, GKD develops the functional and aesthetic properties of the textile membrane and incorporates them in holistic system solutions. MEDIAMESH® transparent media façades, ceiling systems and solar protection systems make a valuable contribution to energy balance, room acoustics, security and cost-effectiveness in ever more applications. A multitude of examples all over the world – including FIFA's headquarters in Zurich, the American Airlines Arena in Miami, the Beijing Opera House and the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall in Singapore – bear witness to the potential of the architectural fabric from GKD.