08 April 2008

Curtain Wall Extraordinaires



You'll have to excuse me if you already know all about Permasteelisa, but I just heard about them when reading a Slate article today... I don't have much experience working on large structures, so my curtain wall knowledge is fairly limited... and its especially limited when it comes to particular manufacturers. For those of you, like me, who aren't exposed to different curtain manufacturers... Permasteelisa is basically one of the premier building envelope and cladding manufacturers, based out of Italy.
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Their list of projects and architect collaborations is pretty insane. They developed the curtain wall system for the above projects (the TU Delft Library by Mecanoo, the Heart Headquarters by Foster and Associates, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall by Gehry), as well as a whole slew of other projects (including practically all of Gehry's). Clearly, the design/engineering and fabrication technologies developed by Permasteelisa directly affect the success of these collaborative projects. I imagine that it helps to get directly involved with Permasteelisa as soon as possible in order to work together on the optimal solution for your particular project.
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Checking out their webpage is a pretty interesting look into evolution of curtain wall and cladding systems over the past 30 years. I just wish that they had their projects listed chronologically, so that we could really see the progress!
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