GKD-USA (Cambridge, Md.) completed projects including the Capital Gate Tower in Abu Dhabi, the world’s furthest-leaning tower. Clad with custom GKD’s Tigris 2100, the stainless steel splash that descends from the 19th floor is a design element and shading device that eliminates more than 30% of the sun’s heat before it reaches the Capital Gate building. The splash also twists around the building toward the south to shield the tower as much as possible from direct sunlight.
The City of Hope (Duarte, Calif.) features a sweeping five-story, airfoil-shaped panel of GKD’s Futura 3110, an effective use of metal fabric in an energy-saving façade that offers a transparent sunshade to this biomedical cancer research center in Southern California.
The Madrid Tennis Center (Madrid) features a façade clad with 230,000 sq. ft. of GKD Escale metal fabric. The reflective façade reduces the visual mass of the sports complex in its surroundings.