Curtain Walls / Windows
In the classic movie The Fountainhead, architect Howard Roark, played by Gary Cooper, champions his own modern style of architecture (which looks remarkably like that of Mies van der Rohe) and rails against traditional buildings and their “castles in the sky.” When a client modifies one of his designs to reflect a more traditional style, Roark blows up the building.
At SUPERSTRUCTURES, as professionals involved in exterior restoration, we are more open-minded in our aesthetic judgments. All materials and styles have their place. In fact, the public has renewed appreciation for castles in the sky.
The Fountainhead was released in 1949. The iconoclastic buildings that it celebrates are hitting 65 years old, and their curtain walls are no longer looking so shiny and new. They require refurbishing, renewal, and, in some cases, outright replacement.
The specification of curtain wall and window wall systems, either new or restored, presents both opportunities and challenges.
The challenges – to balance numerous, sometimes competing, considerations: appearance, sightlines, technical performance, simplicity of operation, ease of installation and maintenance, longevity, availability, historic authenticity, and expense.
The opportunities – new technologies permit larger lights, better sound attenuation, improved energy performance, and enhanced daylight control. Coming soon – integrated photovoltaics and self-cleaning capabilities.
Our designs often involve materials and technologies not even dreamt of when the building was originally constructed.