Message - Re: Simple - What is a curtain wall?

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Posted by  JWmHarmon on March 17, 2003 at 13:05:26:

In Reply to:  Re: Simple question need an answer fast!!!!!!!!!!!!!! posted by Janet Berg on March 14, 2003 at 08:32:42:

You have probably seen many glass curtain walls without realizing what they were called. Have you ever seen a building with a surface of almost all glass? Then you probably saw a glass curtain wall. The following paragraph is from the site linked below.

"What is a Curtain Wall?

A curtain wall system is a lightweight exterior cladding which is hung on the building structure, usually from floor to floor. It can provide a variety of exterior appearances but is characterized by narrowly spaced vertical and horizontal caps with glass or metal infil panels."

If you want to see examples of buildings with glass curtain walls, type that phrase to do a Google search. You will see numerous examples. You may also want to check out the Great Buildings site at the top of this forum page.

Click on Great Buildings above. Then click on advanced search. Find "construction system" and click in the little square box so that a check mark shows up. Scroll up or down and click on "perform search." Click on any one of the 10 buildings listed and you will see an example of a building the has an exterior glass curtain wall. The Sears Tower in Chicago is one example. The Lever Building in New York City is another.

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