Solar protection

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about solar protection

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsResearch Facilities

University of Florida - Research Center, Lake Nona

Natural lighting, outward transparency and optimum solar protection were achieved by this metal fabric sunshading system at this research facility in Lake Nona, Florida. The façade is made up of ten trapezoidal metal fabric panels that wrap the front of the building like a protective shield. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsSports Centres

Yamuna Sports Complex

With temperatures in New Delhi exceeding 100 degrees, the architects of this sports stadium needed to incorporate a façade solution that provided exceptional sunshading. GKD Tigris stainless steel mesh offered the solar protection needed to protect attendees while creating a visually seamless façade. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsPrivate Houses

Stuttgart Private Residence

For this private residence, an external, electrically operated solar protection system provides a high degree of transparency and effective sun protection. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsResearch Facilities

South Glasgow University Hospital

A three-dimensional zig-zag pattern of 41 woven solar protection elements ensure solar protection and efficient climate and energy management for this neurosurgery research institute. The mesh panels run vertically and on one side form a diamond-like pattern to symbolize the double helix of human DNA. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsOffices

South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL)

GKD Omega stainless steel fabric lends unmistakable character and solar protection to this South African agency headquarters. To cover the 27,900 square-foot building, 161 individual metal fabric panels of varying density were installed in axially twisted configurations based on the angle of solar rays. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsBanks

Rabobrank, Geldern

The architects specified a GKD spiral fabric that boasts excellent solar protection properties without restricting outward views for this modernized bank building. The 47 aluminum mesh panels were anodized in silver which allows them to blend seamlessly with the overall aesthetic. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsBus stations

Port Authority Bus Terminal

The Port Authority Bus Terminal is flooded with light, graphics and content thanks to the 6,000 square foot transparent Mediamesh screen cladding the two sides of the buildings facing Times Square. Besides solar protection and ventilation, the system boasts excellent energy efficiency with its 1.28 million LEDs. Architect: Garage Media LLC for the Port Authority of NY and NJ More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsOffices

TMB Headquarters, Ankara

Omega stainless steel mesh provides solar protection on the façade of the headquarters of the Turkish Contractors Association (MESA ). The metal mesh was used in various densities for this project.In order to achieve the highest Platinum LEED certification, the Turkish architectural firm Avci Architects designed solar protection made from Omega stainless steel mesh to stretch over the entire façade.An Omega fabric with corresponding open area was chosen for each side of the building, e.g. with small openings on the south side and more open mesh variants on the west, east and north façades. A total of 900 m² of stainless steel fabric were used. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsConcert Halls


The double-curved glass façade of this music hall is fitted with 66 panels of Omega stainless steel mesh, each measuring 57 feet in length and 10 feet in width. Woven in various mesh densities with flowing transitions, the architectural mesh offers both privacy and solar protection during the day. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsOffices

GKD-USA Headquarters

Internationally renowned architect Dominique Perrault concepted our North American headquarters to create a space that would foster a sense of community among the workforce. The simplicity of design and use of our own product throughout the building resulted in a showcase of woven metal fabrics. More

Project • By GKD Metal FabricsConsulates

Dayton Convention Center

Flexible GKD Escale 7 x 1 stainless steel mesh enabled the construction of a unique three-story rotunda at this convention center entrance. The metallic façade is reminiscent projects a contemporary, high-tech aesthetic while providing effective solar protection and unencumbered views from inside. More

Project • By Arquitectos AyalaBanks

New Financial Center and Headquarters BCC-CAJAMAR

Without a doubt, the privileged situation of the new headquarters will allow the future building to be the best showcase of the objectives and values of the Banco de Crédito Social Cooperativo (BCC).    The offices adapt to the ground, fragmented into different volumes, using a strategy similar to that used by “The Alcazaba”, to dominate the city from the hill of San Cristobal.    The New Headquarters must also serve to introduce an architectural reference in the  Science and Technology Park as a whole, which is a great idea at the urban level, but which nevertheless poses an added difficulty when conceiving the building, which will be private of any close reference, or positive urban data to... More

Project • By Arquitectos AyalaOffices

Banco Santander Headquarters (former B. Popular)

Two years after starting the Project for the Calle Abelias (stage I) we were commissioned to develop a proposal designed for a different financial situation, to execute the building in Calle Luca de Tena.   This 40,000 m2 office program also had to act as the bank’s representative headquarters, and contain the spaces dedicated to chairmanship and board of administration. The world economic crisis made it necessary to rethink various aspects: resource- and cost-effective optimizing per square meter and employee.   It is obvious that the easiest way of reducing costs in buildings is to separate the light from the perimeter by increasing the floorage. The less façade per square meter, the cheaper the building. The b... More

Product • By solaris tendeSkylight blinds awnings

Skylight blinds awnings

Horizon and Top Horizon sun shading or blackout systems for skylight and conservatories More

Product • By MERMET S.A.S.[External Screen Nature] Satiné 5500 : THE WIDEST RANGE IN THE MARKET, 52 DOUBLE-SIDED COLOURS

Satiné 5500

The 5500 Satiné fabric offers numerous advantages: 4 RAL colours perfect integration into the facades, 320 cm large-sized windows offering a seamless design, very good glare control, economical : 4 widths (200, 250, 285 and 320 cm), weather-resistant and UV fading resistant More