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GKD: Metallic mesh on the road to victory

Multifunctional sun protection facade at Victory Plaza in Dallas

With their victory in the NBA Finals in 2011, a dream came true for the Dallas Mavericks. Since the opening of their new arena – the American Airlines Center – in 2001, the basketball team has reached the playoffs every year and crowned this success with the championship in 2011. Within just a few years, a modern centre for work and lifestyle has emerged in the immediate vicinity of the American Airlines Center. Part of the concept for linking modern leisure and office buildings is a screen and sun protection facade made of metallic mesh from GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG (GKD) at the Victory Plaza office complex.

 

Victory Park covers an area of around 300,000 square metres and hosts everything you would expect in a modern city centre: alongside numerous lifestyle offerings, the city park, hotel and office buildings as well as links to the public transportation system make it an inviting destination to live and work. The focal point is the American Airlines Center, and the square in front of it is flanked by office buildings offering over 17,000 square metres of floor space on 5 floors for the use of business premises, restaurants and bars. The HKS firm of architects from Los Angeles, which was also involved in the construction of the American Airlines Center, used movable multimedia screens on the facades of the office buildings to highlight the modern character of the square, thereby also opening an additional income source through advertising. The particular challenge for the architects, however, was to shield the offices in order to provide the peace and quiet necessary for everyday work amidst the hustle and bustle of Victory Park. They chose to install more than 2,000 square metres of GKD stainless steel mesh. The textile skin offers the offices in Texas protection from direct sunlight just as effectively as it shields the light of flashing advertising screens or the gaze of passers-by. A total of 41 panels made of Omega 1520 mesh shield the large window fronts of the office buildings from the heat while at the same time enabling work in natural daylight and granting views of the outside surroundings. The mesh was also used to clad the eye-catching tower at the entrance to the square and the angled rear panels of the movable video screens. GKD developed an opening mechanism for the mesh specially for the latter application in order to simplify access to the video screens for repair and maintenance. Targeted lighting transforms the GKD stainless steel mesh into a shimmering shell that conveys the road to victory in a visual sense, too.

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