IHC Transformation Center
The unique application of an intermittent rainscreen terracotta, applied in a "random" pattern gives the building a special character that is intended to emulate the desert and sky. The terracotta panels alternating with glass/shadow boxes create movement in the building's skin. Behind the terracotta, layered mineral wool was used to achieve total isolation of the curtain wall mullions from the exterior elements.
At the main building approach, a serpentine curtain wall with large exterior vertical fin elements demonstrate a layering effect by offsetting the curves and cantilevers at the varying points on the building. The varied elements exhibit stunning reflections of the surrounding mountains and sky.
A solid glass box at the entry allows visitors to view the entire atrium upon entry.
Services: Unitized Curtain Wall, Custom Structural Glass Wall, Panoramah! ah38! Slider, Metal Wall Panel
Design / Construction Team:
Skidmore Owings Merrill / Okland Construction