THE KAYNEMAILE ARMOUR FEATURE
From multi-storey facades to kinetic collaborations
At Kaynemaile we reimagined two-thousand-year-old chain mail into a unique polycarbonate architectural mesh called Kaynemaile Armour™—manufactured with our own patented, award-winning technology.
Kaynemaile Armour is specified around the world for exterior facade screens. The material’s unique properties reduce light energy transmission by up to 75 percent—giving designers and users great control over passive solar heat gain to the building envelope.
Kaynemaile Armour is lightweight and doesn’t need the same level of fixings or substructure as traditional metal mesh products. Our screens are fast and efficient to install, which means a reduction in the construction program and project budget. Our most recent Australian project, on the Agostino Group building in Adelaide, saw a fifty-four-by-eighteen-metre screen lifted and fixed off in one day. We can make our screens any height or width without joins—we are the only manufacturer in the world that can do this.
Kaynemaile isn’t just a manufacturer; we work collaboratively with architects and designers to ensure that each concept works.
In 2015 Kaynemaile worked with American artist Ned Kahn on a unique kinetic installation as part of the new Playa Vista development in Los Angeles. The thirty-metre-tall kinetic installation wraps itself around the parking complex façade—connecting the streetscape to the various access points and the upper floors of the surrounding buildings. The kinetic installation is named Enagua after the Latin-American garment that gives volume and fullness underneath a dress. The rippling Kaynemaile Armour ribbons resemble billowing fabric.
The design of the installation evolved through extensive collaboration between Kaynemaile, Ned Kahn and his team and the project architects Johnson Fain of Los Angeles—a unique concept that Kaynemaile is proud to have realized.
Technical Benefits at a glance
Kaynemaile Armour mesh façade system can significantly reduce both radiant heat through direct sunlight (EMR) and thermal conductive heat from entering the interior of a building. This gives you the ability to let daylight in and manage the passive solar gain within the building envelope — all while maintaining visual transparency.
Stronger and lighter than glass. It weighs 3kg per m2 making it a perfect choice where a low static load on buildings is required. Plus our light weight mesh makes handling on site easy.
Our mesh is made from the highest performing thermoplastic (the same material used in aeroplane windshields and astronaut helmets). It is extremely robust and impact resistant. Thermally stable from -40°C to 120°C (-40°F up to 248°F).
For more information on fire resistance and other benefits of our mesh, visit our Technical page.
Pacific Fair Carpark Facade, Gold Coast Australia
Kaynemaile collaborated with Scentre Group’s design team—turning a carpark into a stunning functional and highly visible landmark. The wave-shaped façade... Read More
Loma Linda University Carpark Facade, San Bernardino, LA
Built for hospital patients and visitors as part of the extensive campus project, the brief for this car park called for a visually captivating design with material efficiencies... Read More
'Enagua' Welcome Tower for the Runway at Playa Vista, LA
A collaboration with Ned Kahn: From the beginning, the intent was to merge art and architecture so that there was no dividing line between the two... Read More
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