Exploration of Complex Curtain Wall Solutions: Shanghai Fisherman’s Wharf Iconic Tower

Jan 13, 2011

This article explores different complex curtain wall systems that were investigated for this high-rise building. The article reviews different two-dimensional curtain wall options (consisting of flat rectilinear unitized modules) and three-dimensional (consisting of projected geometrical patterns). The article discusses visual design, technical complexity and code restrictions that had an effect of the design as well as constructability issues.

keywords: curtain wall systems, 3D facades, faceted geometries, curvilinear facades, unitized curtain wall modules

Abul Abdullah, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C (Perkins+Will)
Marius Ronnett, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (Perkins+Will)
Perkins+Will Research Journal
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