Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Cable Net Wall
The 10,000 sq-ft cable net walls at each end of the Kimmel Center are as close to structure-free transparency as any glass wall built before 2001. This was the first cable net wall ever to utilize a unidirectional system, cutting in half the visible structure found in more typical, two-way cable net walls.
TriPyramid worked closely with the engineer and architect from the start to develop the cable and end-fitting system, along with the cast stainless steel patch fittings which hold the glass to the cables. The innovative patch design allows the corners of the glass panels to move freely within the fitting as the wall shifts under wind load, avoiding the necessity, and significant expense, of clipping the corners of each panel. All cable assemblies and patch fittings were manufactured and supplied by TriPyramid.
Rafael Viñoly Architects
Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners