Slowly but surely, architecturally attractive parking space becomes the expression of a new self-image. The times of great lumps of concrete devoid of soul and tainted with a grubby image are gone. Bad lighting, smelly hallways and scary storeys are a thing of the past. Today, brightness, friendliness and an attractive appearance increasingly become a matter of course. City planners and investors understand that parking garages function as a portal. As it is often the case in life, first impressions of customers and visitors count, allowing for conclusions about the actual offers: Shopping, business partners, and culture. A stylish reception makes people more receptive for the offer given. Since the early 1990s, stainless steel mesh by GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG (GKD), the international leader in technical weaving, plays a prominent role in this respect. As multifunctional and semi-transparent skin of parking spaces – coloured, illuminated or medialised – this industrial material transforms parking garages into leading initial contacts all over the globe. Increasingly, parking spaces are understood to be an integral part of an overall creative concept. The parking garage next to the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, USA, designed by Frank Gehry is an impressive evidence.
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