GKD: Medialised facades more “lively” than before
New Mediamesh generation combines maximum image resolution with transparent aesthetics
Making facades usable as a living connection between architecture and its surroundings – this is the aim of contemporary structures. In addition to their purely physical and constructional function, facades lend buildings their face and communicate with the outside world. Transparent Mediamesh facades from GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG from Düren, Germany, therefore give you this life-giving ability of the 21st century. The successful product from the leading technical weaving mill worldwide blend attractive design with functionality on many levels. Mediamesh manages to be both energy-efficient and extremely powerful at the same time as a transparent form of medialisation made of stainless steel fabric that can be used in daylight. With six instead of five LEDs per picture element (pixel) used previously, the latest further development of this product has made possible a significantly increased light intensity. At the same time the high degree of visual transparency of the fabric allows unrestricted views out of the building.
Current construction projects of international stature are already making use of this Mediamesh technology. Thus, for example, what is currently the biggest Mediamesh facade worldwide is being erected at New Doha International Airport (NDIA) in Qatar. The new airport that is to serve 24 million passengers annually is to provide the appropriate infrastructure for the holding of the FIFA football World Cup in 2022. Here 1100 square metres of Mediamesh transform the main terminal into a media presentation stage for advertising, information and also live broadcasts.
There is a huge variety of options for individual forms of presentation with Mediamesh. Each media façade is unique, defined and implemented individually for each project. Almost anything seems to be possible for the flexibly selected image formats. This stainless steel fabric from GKD allows almost any building to be completely wrapped seamlessly from a visual point of view and partially equipped with LEDs. The stainless steel fabric combines a great many other benefits: As full protection against the sun, a means of securing against falling or as a climatic adjustment membrane, Mediamesh facades also offer a degree of added value that goes far beyond what could have been imagined. The WinStar World casino in Oklahoma, currently the third biggest casino on the world, is making use of the many benefits of this GKD development. Two semi-transparent Mediamesh screens make the connected multi-storey car park shine as being a visually equal part of the casino. With superlative illuminating power even by daylight and bitingly sharp resolution the six LEDs per pixel and the transparent aesthetics of the GKD stainless steel fabric lend a new sense of life to a façade here as well.