With more than 2,200 architects from over 60 countries, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore is among the key events in the regional architectural sector. Exhibitors and visitors will get together at the Marina Bay Sands – famous for its Infinity Pool on the roof of the building offering views of the Singapore skyline – for the congress taking place over a number of days. The centrepiece of the event is the presentation of the WAF Awards, which distinguish projects with exemplary creativity and sustainability in 31 categories. Alongside the public meetings and the awards ceremony, the packed programme also includes seminars and discussions on the latest product developments. GKD’s CREATIVEWEAVE business unit will exhibit its innovative system solutions made from metallic fabric for sustainably enhancing buildings as well as offering a tour of the historic Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall – by architects, for architects. The VTCH was enhanced and brought up to the very latest technical standards within the scope of a four-year modernisation process. The main challenge here was the sensitive linking of the old building elements with contemporary requirements. Here, three extraordinary applications of GKD solutions meet the high standards of W Architects and Arup Ltd., London. Alongside the free-formed, acoustically neutral wave ceiling made of Omega 1520 stainless steel fabric used in the auditorium, these also include balustrade cladding and room dividers in the theater and in the concert hall. The central design element of the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, however, is the cladding of the free-standing spiral staircase in the foyer spanning multiple levels, where 170 square meters of Baltic type metallic fabric in a warm bronze color seamlessly coil three stories upward and serve as an eye-catching design and fall guard protection element. As a specialist for the development, manufacture and supply of metallic fabric solutions from a single source, GKD will discuss pioneering implementation ideas such as these in theory and in practice with the specialist visitors to the WAF.
Visit GKD – GEBR. KUFFERATH AG
at the World Architecture Festival,
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore,
November 4-6, 2015.