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Kinetic wall for the Pittsburgh Childrens Museum


Pittsburgh, PA

Architect:  Koning-Eizenberg Architecture
Artist:  Ned Kahn
Custom Façade Made of Flapping Elements

This project was a challenge of the type which EXTECH® likes. The vision of the artist called for a multitude of small elements capable of flapping on a windy day. EXTECH® designed a system which would accomplish this goal. We used over 39,000 flappers made of a special acrylic resin and with Teflon bushings. They were fitted onto 1/2" diameter stainless steel rods.

That assembly was fastened to an aluminum space frame system, which was also furnished by EXTECH®.  In fact, EXTECH® was involved in the design, fabrication and installation of this award-winning project.

On a windy day, it provides a dynamic façade. 

Kinetic wall for the Pittsburgh Childrens Museum

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