Solar control

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about solar control

Product • By Goldray GlassMetal Mesh

Metal Mesh

By combining a mix of glass and metalized mesh, Goldray Glass has created the most alluring architectural product available today – Laminated Metal Mesh. With its unique texture and a selection of either Aluminum, Bronze, Gold, or Copper, Laminated Metal Mesh can enhance any space as a decorative feature in both interior and exterior designs. Metal Mesh offers solar control benefits by reducing the energy required to cool or heat the space. Goldray's continued investment into new technologies keeps us ahead of the industry curve.  More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsBanks

Federal Reserve - Bank of St Louis

The Lawrence Group wanted the new St. Louis Federal Reserve building to make its mark in the Gateway City to the West but needed practical benefits like natural lighting and sunshading. They chose GKD Sambesi mesh to envelope the building giving it a modern look and unobstructed views to the outside. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsExhibition Centres


The major element in the Expomedia Light Cube designed by Heliograph, is the Omega 1510 façade. Shrouding the Expomedia Building, it’s one of a pair of structures used in a study to measure the effects of metal mesh facades on solar heat and light. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsOffices

Elwick Place

Designed to attract shoppers and designers, the façade of this massive leisure and restaurant development had to do double-duty in appearance and as sun protection. An anodized metal mesh wraps the top of the building accomplishing both – an eye-catching beacon and protective solar barrier. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsApartments

Edificio Pasaje Concepcion Barcelona

Sliding shutters composed of Omega 226 mesh stretch across individual frames, providing the ability for natural light to flow into the structure by shifting the shutters open. During the hottest part of the day, the building enjoys solar protection by simply closing them again. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsPrimary Schools

Ecole d'art de Calais

This art school constructed in the center of Calais was part of a large-scale revitalization effort. Its curved façade is clad in three large swaths of golden Escale metal fabric from GKD, adding a contemporary flourish to this historic city. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsHospitals

City of Hope Medical Center

A sweeping five-story, airfoil-shaped panel of GKD Futura 3110 demonstrates the extreme energy-savings that can be afforded by metal fabric. The panels offer transparent sun control while creating an environment with an abundance of healing, natural light in this biomedical cancer research center. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsAuditoriums

Children's Palace

Home to 20,000 students, this crescent-shaped structure features a façade of GKD Escale, a metal fabric with the flexibility to wrap compound curves while allowing the natural flow of light and air. Veiling the structure, Escale also hides utilities beneath its silver skin. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsOffices

Cal ISO Headquarters

In addition to making a design statement, the architects sought a façade solution that would mitigate the relentless California sun. A stainless steel GKD mesh façade played a key role in effectively reducing the amount of solar radiation reaching the building, helping the project achieve LEED Platinum status. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsStadiums

Caja Magica

The Centro Deportivo Multifuncional del Manzanares is cloaked in a visually seamless, custom GKD Escale metal mesh. Within the complex sits Caja Magica with its three tennis courts. The "Magic Box" can be tilted up and moved as needed, transforming indoor courts into outdoor playing areas. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsUniversities

Arizona State University - Walter Cronkite School

The hot Arizona sun presented a environmental challenge for this LEED Silver university building. Steven Ehrlich Architects found the solution using GKD Lago metal fabric to add energy efficient elements of solar control to the building through a sustainably sourced building material. More

NewsNews • 27 Jan 2021

Pure and simple geometry defines the House of Jabuticabeiras

With its pure and simple geometry, natural materials such as concrete, wood and stone, House of Jabuticabeiras offers a warm and welcoming environment.   Felipe Araújo Designed by mf+arquitetos, the composition of the house comprises two parallel volumes on the ground floor and then another transverse volume above these two. The volumes result in an internal patio.   Felipe Araújo The lot itself has an exit to two streets, with the house then divided into two sectors with two entrances: being social and service. The layout of the house was established according to the family’s day-to-day living needs with an emphasis placed on the importance of the kitchen. Another important aspect wa... More

Product • By MechoMecho®/5x


Mecho’s newest manual window shade solution, the Mecho/5x, is the latest innovation on the clutch that started an industry. The Mecho/5x "super-powers" our industry-leading Mecho/5 clutch enabling you to lift larger, longer, and heavier shades with less effort. With the Mecho/5x, you can now control exponentially larger shades with less effort providing a better experience for building occupants. A greater angle of chain pull allows for greater versatility when there are furnishings or other obstructions in front of a window. More

Project • By Hariri & Hariri ArchitectureRestaurants

Juan Valdez Flagship

Not Your Grandmother’s CoffeehouseNew York – Hariri & Hariri redefine the coffeehouse for the 21st Century with the new Juan Valdez Café opening to the public September 29th, 2004 in Manhattan at 140 East 57th Street. Designed for the National Federation of Colombian Coffee Growers, Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri have taken the concept of the 19th Century Viennese coffeehouse and exploded this sedate paradigm into an undulating multi-sensory experience combining fluid forms, cutting edge materials and the incomparable aroma of Colombian coffee.Hariri & Hariri’s innovative design treats the entire four story façade of the building as the literal “LINK” between the two cultures. The image of Juan Valdez is etched into a stainless stee... More

Project • By RMJMExhibition Centres

The Capital Gate ADNEC

Phase 3 The Capital Gate ‘Feature Tower’ is high quality iconic building located on the exhibition site. It is distinguished by a dramatic steel and glass facade with a striking organic form. With its cantilevered tea lounge and open air pool deck, it provides a unique presence on the skyline of Abu Dhabi and creates a memorable identity to the exhibition centre. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION •The building has a diagrid especially designed to absorb and channel the forces created by wind and seismic loading. •A gigantic internal atrium, including a ‘tea lounge’ and swimming pool suspended 80 metres above the ground, has been constructed on the 17th and 18th floors, the halfway point of the 35 storey, 160 metre high tower. •The tower was... More