The music of Tchaikovsky, Schubert and Wagner can regularly be heard coming from the New World Symphony in the heart of Miami. And right next door there’s something for the eyes of music lovers.
Illuminated stainless steel mesh designed by GKD-USA Inc. transforms the new Pennsylvania Avenue parking facility, which has space for up to 557 automobiles, into a unique lighting experience. The building complex was designed by star architect Frank Gehry, who chose GKD mesh, type Helix 12 which is illuminated in the night-time by LED. The almost 2500 m² facade of the six-storey building is covered by a total of 49 panels of stainless steel mesh. There were both functional and design reasons for the choice of the novel architectural mesh. Its special structure creates a wave-like 3D effect on the building facade, which is effectively accentuated by the night-time LED illumination. Other criteria for the choice of material were its durability, robustness and low maintenance requirements. The mesh is able to withstand the humid air of Miami with its high salt content as well as wind speeds of up to 235 km/h – very useful when hurricanes are blowing through the region. The mesh structure protects visitors from the wind and also provides a natural airflow that does away with the need for a mechanical ventilation system. In addition, the stainless steel mesh has been shown to prevent the risk of falling, is not flammable and nearly maintenance-free.