Sun shading

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about sun shading

Product • By KettalObjects Meteo S

Objects Meteo S

Meteo S is a continuation of the Meteo family designed by Konstantin Grcic, which explores the enormous untapped potential of modern sunshade design. Protection from direct sunlight has become a fundamental condition for our health and well-being. The growing influence of sunshades and other shade systems in the planning and furnishing of modern urban landscapes, leisure resorts and private residences presents the challenge of providing a renewed focus for this specialised product category. This project has been developed on the basis of Kettal’s experience in garden furniture, motivated by a genuine search for performance and quality in design: a contemporary, comfortable product made of the most intelligent materials for efficient a... More

Project • By HAVER and BOECKERShops

FACQ Center Merelbeke

The longest mesh facade in the world? The new FACQ building impresses with a 300 m long wire mesh facade from Haver & Boecker.   The Belgian family company FACQ has been a specialist in bathrooms, heating and renewable energies since 1880. As a wholesaler, the company addresses both installers and private customers.   LAB Architects Boveroux Courtoy designed the new FACQ building in Merelbeke. With an almost 300-metre-long mesh façade cladding, it is a real eye-catcher on the E40 highway. In collaboration with the architect and the general contractor Verelst Bedrijfsbouw & Renovatie, Haver & Boecker realised the vision of a shimmering building shell made of stainless steel mesh.   Façade claddi... More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsVisitor Center

Zelnik Istvan Southeast Asian Gold Museum

As a museum dedicated to this precious mineral, the building had to aesthetically reflect the color of the same name. GKD metal mesh coated in a bronze color created panels that were fixed in place around a glass stairwell and other sections of the building to provide sun shading benefits. Architects: Atomic Design Kft More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsSports Centres

Yamuna Sports Complex

With temperatures in New Delhi exceeding 100 degrees, the architects of this sports stadium needed to incorporate a façade solution that provided exceptional sunshading. GKD Tigris stainless steel mesh offered the solar protection needed to protect attendees while creating a visually seamless façade. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsVisitor Center

WTZ Therapy Center, Freiburg

For this medical facility, custom etching creates the peaceful outline of trees onto GKD Omega 1520 metal fabric. In addition to creating a calm motif for patients, the metal mesh façade provides sunshading and privacy while still allowing natural light into the building. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsLibraries

James Branch Cabell Library - VCU

Students and faculty on approach to the James Branch Cabell Library at VCU are a captive audience for university communication. Mediamesh technology allows the school to project its ongoing messaging in a digital format while providing transparency from the inside and filtering the most intense daylight. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsAirports

Van Nuys Flyaway, Los Angeles

GKD metal mesh was specified to clad the façade of the Van Nuys Airport parking garage near Los Angeles. Thirty-nine panels of Lago stainless steel mesh offer much needed sun shading as well as privacy for the facility’s pedestrians, while also granting them unobstructed views of the surroundings. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsLaboratories

University of California, San Francisco

Designed to allow the flow of natural light throughout this research and educational facility at University of California - San Francisco, SmithGroup architects also needed to mitigate the sun’s intensity. They identified the transparent benefits of metal mesh as the perfect sunshading option, installing 216 panels of GKD Lamelle metal fabric. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsAuditoriums

Union Presbyterian Seminary

Expansive metal fabric screens constructed of Omega 1520 stainless steel and bronze provides a warm and dramatic backdrop for the chapel at Union Presbyterian Seminary, forms a balustrade for the balconies, and offers sunshading benefits for the large space. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsSecondary Schools

Minerva Gymnasium - Umeå University

The Minerva School in Umea, features a striking contrast in modern building materials and showcases the concept of volumes that break out to create tension. Architect Sweco features sustainable wood cladding on the upper floors and 10,700 square feet of GKD stainless steel mesh on the lower section. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsOffices

Torre Europa, Barcelona

A shimmering façade of 108,000 square feet of GKD metal mesh allows uninterrupted views of Barcelona from inside Torre Europa while covering the supporting building structure. The mesh façade also provides sunshading which ensures a pleasant interior climate during the hot Catalonian summer. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsStreets

Sea Port Estartit

The sea port required sun shading to protect people from the hot sun when walking to and from the marina. A canopy was constructed of Omega 1520 mesh printed in different block colors. The metal mesh is a durable option when dealing with the harsh effect of sun and saltwater. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsOffices

Samsung Headquarters, California

With the parking garage of Samsung's Silicon Valley headquarters constantly exposed to the California sun, NBBJ selected Omega 1520 architectural mesh to shade, ventilate and secure the building. Custom printing reminiscent of a circuit board underscores the tech giant’s corporate identity. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsAuditoriums

RWTH Aachen University Campus

SOP Architects designed the “cube” as the gateway to the Melaten Campus of Aachen University. The metal mesh façade encases the building like a membrane, effectively reducing solar heat gain which then translates to building occupant comfort and energy savings. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsOffices

RathausGalerie, Innsbruck

Architect Dominique Perrault used a series of GKD metal fabrics to characterize the architecture of this modern administrative center. Horizontally adjustable solar panels offer unobstructed views while providing sun protection through seamless, trapezoidal and curved cladding. More