GKD - Monolithic Diputación de Málaga
Málaga in Spain’s southern region of Andalusia is a city of ultimate modernity, yet lavishly steeped in rich tradition. To this day, it is a confluence of urban architecture from many different centuries.
With a population of around 600,000, Málaga is Spain’s sixth largest city, and an important and lively center of business and culture. A visible testimony of this is Málaga’s regional government’s administrative building.
The Diputación de Málaga is clad in a shimmering metallic external shell of stainless steel wire mesh. It transforms the building into an imposing monolith, visible from afar. The façade, with a total surface area of 16,000 square meters, changes its appearance from monochrome gray in the early morning light to cool silver at midday and warm gold-orange at sunset. Thanks to this visual versatility of the stainless steel wire mesh type Omega 3320 by GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG the administrative building continuously shows itself in a new light.
Apart from its outstanding aesthetic qualities, the functional properties of the mesh were also main reasons for its use. As reliable sun protection with climate control capabilities, the double skin façade made of stainless steel wire mesh ensures a pleasant room climate in the long, strung-out low-rise without restricting the view from the inside. In view of the enormous surface area to be clad, the material’s practically unlimited service life, low maintenance requirements and extreme weather resistance were also major arguments for this robust mesh façade.