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    Tim Eliassen - Structural Glazing Pioneer

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    Tim Eliassen and Navtec consulted on the structural system that supports the intricate glazing of the Pyramide du Louvre (1989), in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum in Paris. The pyramid's transparency helps keep it a relatively modest above-ground indicator of the massive underground addition, designed by I.M. Pei with RFR, to the historic museum.
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    The pyramid provided a new main entry to the Louvre and its new underground galleries.
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    The structural glass facade of the four surfaces of the Louvre Pyramid is composed of a series of rhomboid and triangular glass panels.
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    A diamond grid of steel tubes, stayed by an elegant hierarchy of cables and rods, mirrors the glazing joints just inside the glass facade of the pyramid.
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    Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has a distinctive barrel-vaulted glass roof with extensive structural glass end walls. TriPyramid provided cast stainless steel fittings for the cable-net end walls.
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    The simple massing of the Kimmel Center roof encloses a more chaotic assemblage of volumes organized around a central atrium.
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    Northeast-southwest section drawing through the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, looking northwest.
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    The curved roof of the Kimmel Center is composed of series of glazed, V-shaped structural ribs that form an accordion surface.
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    A large steel arch braces the end of the accordion roof and encloses each structural glass end wall.
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    The Kimmel Center's rooftop garden is positioned atop one of the major volumes, under the shelter of the glazed roof.
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