curtain wall


Definition of curtain wall

: a nonbearing exterior wall between columns or piers

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The plan is for a glass curtain wall out front, and stainless steel metal panels on the side walls. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "What’s 8 Feet Wide and Has an Elevator? Manhattan’s Tiniest Fancy Townhouses," 1 Nov. 2018 In 2007, a fire damaged a 43-story Atlantic City hotel being built with a decorative curtain wall covered in aluminum-composite panels with polyethylene cores. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Stricter Limits on Combustible Panels in High-Rise Construction Could Be Coming," 18 Apr. 2018 Zito noted the design features a large glass curtain wall that wraps around the entrance to the facility as well as large windows, allowing light to filter in. Jennifer Larino,, "See plans for a new, public indoor pool in Behrman Park in Algiers," 9 Apr. 2018 The two-story, circular structure features a glass curtain wall and a ramp that winds up to a rooftop sanctuary plaza., "16 new Ohio vacation attractions: Cedar Point's Steel Vengeance coaster, veterans museum, beer hotel & more," 8 Apr. 2018 Also, give the illusion of more space than what actually exists: hang your curtains wall-to-wall, stack all of your books in one corner, and buy artwork that moves you beyond the confines of your walls. Jen Derose, House Beautiful, "Ask a Design Assistant: Yabu Pushelberg's James Erwin Cull," 30 Nov. 2013 Six years ago, the Hearst Tower became the first office building in New York City to be rated LEED gold for new construction, inside and out—core to curtain wall. Jennifer Bogo, Popular Mechanics, "PM's Home, the Hearst Tower, Earns Platinum Rating from Green Building Council," 5 Mar. 2012 In September 2007, workers were near completion of the 43-story Borgata Water Club hotel when fire broke out near the third floor of a soaring curtain wall designed to mimic a sail. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "Built to Burn: Thousands of Buildings World-Wide Are Wrapped in Combustible Panels," 24 Oct. 2017 On view for the first time since its acquisition by MoMA is the curtain wall of the facade of the 1952 United Nations Secretariat Building in New York. Laura Van Straaten, New York Times, "MoMA Comes to Paris as Louis Vuitton Foundation Show Opens," 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of curtain wall

1853, in the meaning defined above

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