Behind the Façade  
continued from page 65  
The Next Big Thing?  
The Tilt! attraction on the 94th floor of Chicago’s John Hancock Center tilts  
According to Mic Patterson, presi- 30 degrees forward giving thrill seekers a downward view of the city below.  
dent of the Facade Tectonics Institute  
and director of strategic development changing environmental conditions--so- emerged in the mid twentieth century.”  
for Schuco-USA, kinetics is a current lar conditions for example, as they  
buzzword. change over the course of a day or sea- Larsen Architects in Copenhagen, Den-  
There’s a lot of interest, particularly son.It’s challenging to effectively accom- mark, has worked on projects that in-  
Architect Peter Koch of Henning  
among the design community, but it’s modate these changing conditions with corporate a dynamic component (see  
a big umbrella term, with applications static systems.Equally challenging is the sidebar on page 65)—a practice that is  
ranging from operable windows to re- complexity and cost that often accom- seeing growing interest.  
tractable stadium roofs,” says Patterson. panies kinetic systems. Even operable  
“The very high demands in terms of  
tems is relevant in the ability to adapt to which is why the sealed building strategy a minimum amount of cooling, a huge  
The notion of dynamic façade sys- windows complicate the façade system, low energy consumption, the need for  
Logan Airport Garage Gets a Dynamic Façade  
A parking garage isn’t always the most exciting form of architecture. At Boston’s Logan Airport,  
however, a design team found a way to give one a unique dynamic—literally. Local architectural  
firm Arrowstreet Inc. designed a large kinetic wall for an airport parking garage.  
The entire system includes 48,000 curved aluminum squares set within 353 pre-assembled  
panels that span eight stories high and 290 feet wide.  
To develop the 6-inch square, curved aluminum “flappers,” architects worked with Pitts-  
burgh-based Extech Inc., which had worked on a similar project before. To provide the visual  
experience that would elevate the facility from parking station to art installation, Extech assem-  
bled the flappers into unitized panels to capture the dynamic patterns of the wind coming off  
the Atlantic Ocean. The system’s Linetec anodize finish also contributes to its durability.  
“A kinetic façade provides a visual representation of an unseen and unpredictable natural phe-  
nomenon—the wind,” says Jim Leslie, Extech’s general manager. “We took great pains to provide  
the architects with prototypes, installed on site, so that they would be assured the wall performed  
as expected.” Massachusetts-based glazing contractor, Ipswich Bay Glass Co. began installing  
the dynamic façade last November, and worked through the winter to complete the exterior in  
January 2016.  
Charles Moniz, director of sales and estimating for Ipswich Bay Glass, says working on kinetic  
projects can be different compared to static facades.  
The single biggest difference is the lack of established standards in the industry to measure  
performance,” he says. “Managing expectations of the end user is critical, [as well as] making  
sure all involved parties are clear on what the final product will be and how it will behave over  
time in the environment.”  
Speaking of the Logan Airport project, he says his company was integrally involved from the  
“The collaboration is critical because there are many aspects of a project, especially at an active  
airport, where the contractor can have valuable input. Logistics, access, scheduling of the work are  
all factors that should be considered during the design in order to ensure a successful project.”  
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amount of daylight combined with the  
f exibility throughout the day and year  
makes applications like these interest-  
ing and needed,”says Koch.He adds that  
operable façades provide possibilities to  
optimize heat load versus daylight.  
Adaptive Reaction  
Architecture itself is dynamic—  
constantly changing in terms of design  
and aesthetics. As a result, contract  
glaziers have updated and adapted  
their capabilities over the years to  
meet these architectural desires. The  
same can be said for those open to the  
increasing interest in kinetic façades.  
As Patterson explains, façade systems  
that respond to changing interior and  
exterior environmental conditions will  
become increasingly important. Their  
use will be driven by considerations  
such as health, comfort, productivity  
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and energy consumption, which con- Inventory  
tinue to grow, and resulting in more  
demanding building codes.  
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Perfect for places where the slightest noise makes a big difference  
Wide range of finish and trim options to blend with existing architecture  
This represents opportunity for  
industry players capable of providing  
effective, practical and economical  
solutions in response,” says Patterson.  
And as Koch points out, “A f exible  
solar shading system increases the  
possibility of a greater amount of glass  
and, therefore, increases the amount  
of daylight inside the building.” And  
based on current architectural de-  
mands, an increasing amount of day-  
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Architects are designing increasingly  
complex structures—ones that call on  
glass to do more and more. This alone before you start requiring it to move.  
He adds, “The future belongs to the  
can be a challenge. Now, with an eye on Kinetics significantly amplifies the players who can bring such fully inte-  
building façades that move, the indus- challenge. But we can and will con- grated systems to market with reasonable  
try will be faced with an even greater tinue to improve. A place to start is economy and a considered delivery strat-  
learning curve.  
with automated window and skylight egy that accounts for reliability,durability  
“Static façade systems and compo- systems--products that abound in Eu- and maintenance.” n  
nents can be quite challenging on their rope, and have for a long time, but  
own.Requiring them to move can easily are rare in North America. The big  
increase the complexity not by two or opportunity is the integration of  
three times, but by an order of magni- such products with building man-  
tude,” says Patterson, who adds that, in agement systems that can optimize  
addition to cost,there’s also the expense ventilation,lighting,thermal,visual,  
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of additional life cycle maintenance.  
and even acoustical comfort,and,of  
This stuff is all hard enough even course, energy consumption.”  
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