An elegant game of hide-and-seek with GKD metal mesh
As a vibrant global economic metropolis within a limited space, the Southeast Asian city of Singapore demands modern architecture which meets both local and climatic conditions.
The Golden Box designed by the local branch of the Australian architects K2LD meets these demands brilliantly in every sense of the word: The two-story private house is shrouded in 430 m² of golden anodized, semi-transparent GKD wire mesh of type Alu6010, inviting observers with its innovative design and goldcoloured brilliance to take a closer look. In contrast with the narrowness and bustle of the city, the building is a haven of spaciousness, openness and calm. While the building is protected against direct views from the outside during the day, the semi-transparent wire mesh covering the glass façade offers an unhindered view of the surrounding garden. It is not until night that the Golden Box reveals itself and the illuminated interior shimmers through the semi-transparent shell. The interplay of transparency and opacity is enabled by 222 wire mesh panels, mounted on the façade, which not only act as a screen but also feature an impressive sun protection function, while still displaying a visual elegance. The metal mesh encases the building like a gold-coloured robe which appears to fit seamlessly, following the trend of using colour in architecture.