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Shanghai thrill

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Woven metallic mesh has also been specified by Tilke Engineering & Architecture to great effect as part of the 'Speeding with Shanghai' programme, which includes the fast-growing city's new motor-racing circuit, which will see its inaugural Formula 1 race this September.

The form and shape of the complex is redolent of Chinese tradition, from curved forms to gateway symbolism. The woven mesh has been used to dress the concrete grandstands, and has been created by German producer GKD, which produced 7.7m wide stainless steel wire mesh for a 12,950m 2'curtain'. The textile-like structure produces a daylight effect which is substituted at night with artificial lighting. The material, which can be designed to modify wind flows and/or noise, is said to be maintenance free, given the effects of wind and rain to keep it clean. The mesh is attached to the structure via round bars with eye-bolts, triangular brackets and tension springs. Information from www. creativeweave@akd. de

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