geof bell

baarch, LEED GA

louisville bourbon museum
The Louisville Bourbon Museum exhibits the city's historic bourbon industry, situated behind the extant façade of a building from Louisville's "Whiskey Row," a traditional street-front of distilleries and spirits distribution.

2014
Critic:
Robert Heinges,
Principal, Heintges and Associates Building Envelope and Curtain Wall Consultants

A unitized curtain wall encloses the building spaces, behind the remains of a historic façade, offset into the street to create an interstitial space between old and new. The minimalistic wall of glass creates a sheer surface that allows the transparency/reflectivity of the façade to be modulated, enabling multiple types of views from the street, the interstitial space, and the interior.

To reduce the appearance of bulky hardware, the dimensions of the mullions and stack joints are minimized, and the loads of the curtain wall are picked up by glass fins, bolted to the mullion extrusion with a steel tab laminated between ½ inch panes of glass, of 1'-8" depth. The entire curtain wall is offset from the slab edge to allow the fins to be anchored to the slab in a concealed joint, extending the effect of sheer reflective glass. Four-sided structural glazing is used on the exterior IGUs to maximize reflectivity from the outside.

Built in 1860, this building originally contained pork dealers, provision brokers, and a farm supply store. In 1895 the building was purchased by Whiskey dealer S. Grabfelder and Co.

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