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GKD: A dazzling appearance in Innsbruck

Sun protection blinds made of stainless steel mesh on the new ASFINAG office complex

More than 2,000 kilometres of motorways and dual carriageways wind their way through Austria’s mountainous landscape. This figure includes 340 kilometres in tunnels and 340 kilometres over bridges in each direction. ASFINAG is responsible for running the Alpine republic’s road network, a task that involves a great deal of maintenance and planning. When planning the new office building in Innsbruck, the focus was clearly defined: a representative exterior to fit the Innsbruck cityscape while at the same time living up to modern standards in terms of both efficiency and sustainability. The facade cladding made of vertical stainless steel mesh slats by GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG played an important role in the successful implementation of this concept.

In order to provide the extra space needed to cater for the increasing number of employees, ASFINAG ran an architectural competition for the planning and design of the new office building in cooperation with Innsbruck city council. The draft design by Peter Lorenz was unanimously declared the winner and realised during a construction period of about one year. The architect chose a both functionally and visually outstanding facade design consisting of around 1,100 square metres of PC-Omega stainless steel mesh. GKD wove each one of the 680 slats as a one-piece special mesh with three different levels of density. In order to combine effective sun protection properties with the highest level of transparency, the mesh increases in density closer to the top. Movable elements approximately 2.80 - 3.80 metres in height and almost half a metre in width are welded to a frame and can be operated electronically. The architect’s concept also impressed the jury of the renowned “best architects 13” competition, who awarded the building with their label this year. The shimmering facade makes for an ideal combination of user-friendliness, sustainability and ambitious aesthetics, lending the building optical depth and giving ASFINAG in Innsbruck a dazzling appearance.

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