Kimmel Center Tames The Sun In Garden Terrace With Dynamic Glass

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Philadelphia’s iconic Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has transformed a once nearly uninhabitable rooftop garden terrace into a comfortable glass-enclosed social space with the help of dynamic glass. The new Hamilton Garden Terrace has been transformed into an elegant glass and steel structure that effectively manages both the noise and environmental problems of the original space

Kimmel Center Tames The Sun In Garden Terrace With Dynamic Glass
Philadelphia’s iconic Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has transformed a once nearly uninhabitable rooftop garden terrace into a comfortable glass-enclosed social space with the help of SageGlass® dynamic glass. The Kimmel Center is a city-block-wide collection of performance halls and open spaces enclosed inside a soaring 150-foot-high barrel-vaulted glass roof. Atop the Center’s highest elevation – on the roof of Perelman Theater – sits the Dorrance H. Hamilton Garden Terrace, which offers stunning views of the cityscape, and overlooks the entire Kimmel Center complex. But the barrel vault roof made the terrace space too hot in daylight and reflected noise from events, interrupting other guests below.

The new Hamilton Garden Terrace has been transformed into an elegant glass and steel structure that effectively manages both the noise and environmental problems of the original space. The new $14 million renovation features a vibrant ballroom-type space for weddings and events, and food service run by celebrity chef Jose Garces of the Food Network’s Iron Chef. The new glass enclosure limits event sound propagation while SageGlass serves as the structure’s 2,100-square-foot rooftop, taming the sun without blocking the cityscape views. SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass for windows, skylights and curtain walls that tints or clears to modulate light, heat gain and glare. Rather than using conventional sun controls such as mechanized window shades, bl...

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