Metal Fabrications

Univ. of Delaware Reimagined

By using non-traditional materials, like undulating coiled wire fabric walls and ceiling treatments, the new iSuite boasts an impeccable, award-winning design. Designed by Page, the former metal foundry turned iSuite includes a cyber range, collaborative hub and a maker space. Working with the college directly, the facility was designed using Page’s 3D printers and a student-created virtual reality model, developing a half-scale mockup to demonstrate that inverting the metal fabric would, in fact, be successful.“We’ve seen metal fabric draped as a catenary before, but this is the first time someone has used Fabricoil in the ‘wrong direction,’” says Lou Kru

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Acoustic Control Meets Metal Design

GKD MetalFabrics has created its own line of aluminum-based Acoustic Mesh Panels to help control noise without compromising beauty. The new technology was developed by incorporating research findings from a number of studies and white papers. The panels incorporate a sag-free, one-inch-thick honeycomb support plate, layered with an intermediate blanket of fiber-free acoustic fleece which dampens the noise to near silent at an aw value of 0.9. Lights, downlights and sprinklers are easy to integrate within the panels and they can also be removed and refitted easily which makes it a flexible sound solution for many architectural design needs that require sound dampening. 

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The Museum Built by Gatorade

Gainesville, Fla., recently added an unusual new institution to its cultural landscape—the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention, which is dedicated to both commemorating and inspiring the kind of innovation that built its namesake founder’s career. Dr. James Robert Cade is best known for inventing Gatorade, but his inventions stretch from football helmets to protein shakes. The museum’s design, by Baltimore-based GWWO Architects, features a circular core and extending arms that create a sense of motion. Corrugated metal panels clad the façade, complementing the high-tech image that’s at the heart of the museum’s mission. 

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Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Creating a Visual Voyage

Aptly named Florida’s “powerhouse port,” Port Everglades represents one of the most diverse seaports in the United States. The design vision included a more visually dynamic façade. Update the façade of Celebrity Cruises Port Everglades terminal. The port is one of the top three cruise ports in the world and among the most active containerized cargo ports in the U.S. In 2018, Celebrity Cruises unveiled a renovated Terminal 25 (T25), its first brand-designed cruise terminal located within the port.

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Shading Systems Complete University's Residence Halls

The project team at Texas’ Tarleton State University needed a material that fit with the existing design blueprint and fulfilled solar shading requirements. Exterior coiled wire fabric panels were chosen to enhance comfort for building occupants. The growing academic institution demanded additional residence halls, which came in the form of two new, modern on-campus buildings—Traditions Halls—designed to be both a “living and learning” home for more than 500 students. Social spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows are a key feature of each building, acting as “lantern-like elements” along the bisecting pedestrian route, Rudder Way.

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Silent Growth

The newly opened 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood features a touch of greenery in the guest rooms and public spaces, bringing the outdoors inside. The 25-ft., custom green wall in the lobby made from Banker Wire I-21 creates a woven fixture screen and custom welded wire mesh hanging baskets for vegetation. The vertical wall blends industrial elements with natural ones against a backdrop of concrete and steel and is laid out in such a way to ensure that vegetation can grow organically over the canvas. 

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A Fabric that Quiets the Crowd

These aluminum-based panels are designed to improve poor workplace and commercial acoustic environments. Acoustic Mesh Panels incorporate a sag-free, 1-in. thick honeycomb support plate, layered with an intermediate blanket of fiber-free acoustic fleece. This dampens noise to a sound absorption value of aw=0.9.

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Historic London Office Space Revitalized

Former Victorian depository draws inspiration from elegant woven metal fabric to enhance the new office space. The Studio at 10A Greenwood Place in London completes its stylishly industrial revitalization with a unique lift enclosure. Two mesh patterns, layered closely together, enhance the new office space created in a former Victorian depository. As the office is designed as an open plan, the lift is a focal point, offering transportation between floors and is designed to evoke the building’s Victorian era. It’s complemented by brick walls, concrete soffits and exposed cast iron supports.With a beautiful street frontage, The Studio provides ample light via expansive, modern win

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House of Cards

A Swiss university placed emphasis on iconic construction to develop the architectural charisma it needs to prevail globally in the university sector. The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is widely acknowledged as one of the finest universities founded anywhere in the world. This reputation attracts top students from across the globe to Lausanne, Switzerland, with the campus situated to the west of the city center. In the required new buildings and refurbishments, the institution places a consistent emphasis on iconic constructions in order to also develop the architectural charisma it needs to prevail in the globally competitive university sector. The extension of the existin

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Justice and Transparency

Surprising images of floating feathers help a California courthouse balance the scales of architecture and art. The striking new Governor Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, Calif. spans two city blocks in downtown Long Beach and replaces a functionally obsolete courthouse one block away. In keeping with the cityscape, the courthouse design features a low-rise scheme in an L-shape—with one section of four stories, the other of five stories—surrounding a secure courtyard, a spacious lobby, and 31 courtrooms with access to natural light. Clad in deeply-articulated curtainwall and stone elements, the courthouse also features a stunning frieze at its entrance. American new media artist and UCLA

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