Project The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Entrance Facade Application Facade
Location Houston, Texas, USA
Size 6,155 ft2 / 575 m2
Architect Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
AES + TR Painted, vertical steel fins consisting of two, side-by-side plates support the facade. The fins are braced by stainless steel tension rods. In the corners, round pipes are used in place of the fins to accommodate wind loads from both directions. The entire facade is hung from the building floor above to to prevent buckling.
PSG Stainless steel glazing arms and countersunk rotules support clear, fully tempered, laminated glass panels. Behind the main entrance canopy, large
horizontal glass panels require 18 inch glazing arm extensions to accommodate the large span. The glass panels in all other areas have a vertical orientation and are supported by smaller glazing arms.
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute is a 12-story building that connects to and integrates with the Methodist Hospital. As illustrated by the remarkably transparent and expansive glass entrance facade, the research facility is strategically designed with many open areas to encourage communication amongst cross-disciplinary research teams. To achieve maximum transparency within the clients budget, steel plate fins provide an economical alternative to glass fins and require less depth for the same span. The impressive, completed facade provides a fascinating view into this top-rated research facility.
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