In their capacity as traffic structures, parking facilities are largely limited to purely functional characteristics in architecture. The aesthetic design of the buildings is often neglected due to financial reasons.
Located in hightraffic areas, parking facilities provide a great potential to express the corporate identity of the operating companies. The architectural and design meshes by GKD - Gebr. Kufferath AG, due to their functional and aesthetic properties, comply with the highest demands of topquality facade design. Non-inflammable, durable, easy to clean and nearly maintenance-free, they serve as an effective safety and sun screen, control light incidence, offer a draught-free ventilation and protect against driving rain and vandalism. The design spectrum of stainless steel meshes is practically inexhaustible. Printed, painted or medialised - the variety of design meshes provides nearly unlimited possibilities to implement design ideas. The latest example is the facade of a parking facility in Miami, where panels woven with different degrees of transparency create a fascinating 3D-like checker chessboard pattern.
Facades medialised by a semi-transparent cladding made of woven metal mesh are particularly expressive. Large-scale illuminations are realised with the Illumesh® system via LEDs that indirectly illuminate the metal mesh. With a Mediamesh® media facade the central location of the building is specifically used to serve as an advertising and communication platform. The multi-award winning mesh system with integrated LEDs makes it possible to show moving pictures, commercials and detailed graphics in highest rendering quality on the facade, thus utilising the building to achieve profitable advertising revenue. The system’s transparency - enabling an unobstructed view from inside to outside - is the unique feature of this new media screen. Hence, the buildings combine unlimited use with simultaneous media display. The medialised mesh systems can also be integrated into existing facades at a later date. Stainless steel meshes offer a variety of design possibilities to upgrade functional buildings. Transparent architectural meshes from GKD meet all demands of a modern sustainable facility management and transform the buildings into attractive eye-catchers with a sense of comfort.