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13. September 2012

Sustainability meets multi-functionality

Metallic mesh facades contribute to establishing a positive energy balance in multi-story car parks

As the stepchildren of architecture, multi-storey car parks have been fighting for attention and acceptance for years. However, local authorities and investors are now starting to realize the potential that multi-storey car parks hold as a location and economic factor. Modern building materials, intelligent concepts and appealing aesthetics can help convert what were once considered boring, clunky “gap fillers” into attractive eye-catchers. The architectural and design mesh from the leading international technical weaving mill, GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG (GKD) is playing a key role in this image transformation. At the start of the 90s, Helmut Jahn was the first person to use this material as a shimmering, semi-transparent shell for the car park at Cologne/Bonn Airport. Since this time, its versatile visual appearance and multifunctional range of applications have made stainless steel mesh a highly recommended material for the construction, renovation or visual upgrading of multi-storey car parks. The increasing emphasis being placed on ecological and economically sustainable building is also providing further stimulus for cladding car parks in stainless steel mesh. Whether used as a decorative shell, robust fall guards, efficient sun protection or as an energy-saving video display in XXL format – GKD mesh car park facades compare very favorably against all other building materials.

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