Making Waves in Silicon Valley
Kaynemaile Architectural Mesh
Project Location: Santa Clara, California Category: Environmental + Sustainability Started: October 18, 2021 Completed: June 1, 2022 Project Team: Developer- The Sobrato Organisation Design Architect Arc Tec- Architectural Technologies, San Jose, CA Architect- HNA/Pacific, Los Angeles, CA, General Contractor- Devcon Construction, Milpitas, CA Installation- BT Mancini, Milpitas, CA Photography- Lucas Fladzinski Photography
Project Summary: The stunning facade for the Lawson Lane campus in Silicon Valley features Kaynemaile’s new range of three-dimensional, kinetic screens across the parking garage. We worked with design architects Arc Tec and installers B.T. Mancini to complete this stunning facade for the Sobrato Organisation as part of a major office development in Santa Clara CA. Spanning full height and only connecting to the building at the top and bottom meant that the system could be installed fast. Unlike metal or membrane products that require a complex rigid frame and connection system, each Kaynemaile screen on this project has a self-supporting lightweight internal frame connected to vertical stainless steel cables. A ribbon of Kaynemaile Bronze coloured polycarbonate mesh runs over each frame creating a kite-like structure, providing great air flow through the garage. The different locations of each projecting section give contrasting light and shadow effects, enhancing the deep wave across the face. The nature of the stainless steel support system combined with Kaynemaile’s lightweight polycarbonate architectural mesh allows it to move to the wind along the San Tomas Expressway, creating a kinetic, expressive building for passers-by. Kaynemaile’s mesh is made from 100 percent recyclable engineering grade polycarbonate and manufactured to withstand the demands of high temperature and UV exposure zones, plus it’s durable and easy to maintain. With up to 70 percent solar reduction and compliant air flow all within a self-supporting package this Kaynemaile system is a beautiful addition to the architecture of Silicon Valley.
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