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      © Bob Perzel

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      © Charles G. Young: Interactive Design Architects

      © 2012

      © 2012

      © Bob Perzel

      © Bob Perzel

      © Bob Perzel

      © Bob Perzel

      © 2012

      © Bob Perzel

      © Bob Perzel

      © 2012

      © Jason Loper

      © Angela G. Ray

      Art Institute of Chicago

      Location:

      Chicago, IL, United States

      Architect/Specifier:

      Renzo Piano Building Workshop

      Featured Products:

      Skylight Tension Systems

      Serving both as a museum and a school, the Art Institute of Chicago preserves and interprets a renowned collection. Built on the rubble of the Chicago fires in 1879, the Art Institute of Chicago now houses more than 5,000 years' worth of art. To enable further development, the museum undertook its biggest renovation ever, a 264,000-square-foot wing designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano.
       
      Renzo Piano Building Workshop architects made light control a central part of the project, creating what New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ourrossof says gives the views a "soft, ghostlike quality" coming from the white screens at each window (which were custom-built by Hunter Douglas Contract Window Coverings).
       
      In addition to establishing a quality of light that Ourrossof calls a "quasi-religious aura," the shades also prevent sunlight from fading works of art. An advanced contextual control system tracks the sun to operate the shades automatically, extending when the sun is strong, but retracting at other times to optimize natural light.
       
      The project gets high marks for sustainability as well as beauty, earning Silver LEED certification with a range of environmentally responsible elements, including a the building's double-skin facade; a hybrid ventilation system; low use of water; and the shading system that allows natural light to illuminate galleries; among other features.

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      •   Aluminum Horizontal Blinds
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      •   CL
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      •   H2
      •   Sheers, Shadings and Shutters
      •   Duette® FR Honeycomb Shades
      •   Silhouette® FR Shades
      •   Vignette® FR Modern Roman Shades
      •   FR Provenance® Woven Wood Shades
      •   FR Skyline® Gliding Window Panels
      •   Palm Beach™ Shutters
      •   Wood and Alternative Wood Blinds
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      •   First Edition™ Blinds
      •   Parkland™ Blinds
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      •   Segmented - Torsion Spring
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      •   Geometries - Torsion Spring
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      •   Lay-In
      •   Lay-In Levels
      •   Snap-In
      •   Gladius™
      •   Metalinx™
      •   Linear
      •   Box Series
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      •   Multi-Box Continuous
      •   Multi-Box Networks
      •   84R & 84G
      •   Linear Plank
      •   300C - Linear Plank
      •   Cell Ceilings
      •   Open Cell
      •   Cell Frame
      •   Beams & Baffles
      •   High Profile -Straight
      •   High Profile -Horizontally Curved
      •   High Profile -Vertically Curved
      •   Tavola™
      •   Tavola™ Divergent
      •   Tavola™ Levels
      •   Tavola™ Canted
      •   Tavola™ Cassettes
      •   Tubrise
      •   V-Baffle Fins
      •   Exterior
      •   150F - Linear Metal Soffit System
      •   300C - Linear Plank
      •   Box Series
      •   Deep Box Series
      •   Multi-Box Continuous
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Exterior Plank
      •   Woodwright™ Metal Ceilings
      •   Linear
      •   Box
      •   Deep Box
      •   Multi-Box Continuous
      •   Multi-Box Networks
      •   Linear Plank
      •   300C - Linear Plank
      •   Cell Frame
      •   Plank & Tile
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Curved - Torsion Spring
      •   Lay In
      •   Lay-In Levels
      •   Gladius™ Panels
      •   Beams & Baffles
      •   Tavola™
      •   Tavola™ Divergent
      •   Tavola™ Levels
      •   Tavola™ Canted
      •   Tavola™ Cassettes
      •   High Profile - Straight
      •   Exterior
      •   150F
      •   Box
      •   Deep Box
      •   Multi-Box Series
      •   300C
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Natura™ Wood Ceiling
      •   Natura™ Plank & Tile
      •   Natura™ Linear
      •   Natura™ Grilles
      •   Techstyle® Customizable Ceilings
      •   Techstyle® White
      •   Techstyle® Color
      •   Techstyle® Wood
      •   Techstyle® Graphic
      •   Techstyle® Texture
      •   Wall Systems
      •   Techstyle® Wall
      •   Natura™ Wall
      •   Metal Walls
      •   Woodwright™ Walls

      To request pricing for this product, please fill out the form below. A member of the Hunter Douglas Architectural team will contact you within 48 hours. Required Fields *
      Please submit requests for commercial applications only. For residential applications, please Click here

      Select products for commercial applications:

      •   Roller Shades
      •   RB 500 Roller Shades
      •   Roller Shades FR
      •   Exterior Roller Shades
      •   Skylight Tension Systems
      •   Sail Shades
      •   Aluminum Horizontal Blinds
      •   CD
      •   CL
      •   CE
      •   H2
      •   Sheers, Shadings and Shutters
      •   Duette® FR Honeycomb Shades
      •   Silhouette® FR Shades
      •   Vignette® FR Modern Roman Shades
      •   FR Provenance® Woven Wood Shades
      •   FR Skyline® Gliding Window Panels
      •   Palm Beach™ Shutters
      •   Wood and Alternative Wood Blinds
      •   EverWood® Blinds
      •   First Edition™ Blinds
      •   Parkland™ Blinds
      •   Vertical Blinds
      •   Vertical Blinds

      To request pricing for this product, please fill out the form below. A member of the Hunter Douglas Architectural team will contact you within 48 hours. Required Fields *
      Please submit requests for commercial applications only.

      Select products for commercial applications:

      •   Metal Ceilings
      •   Plank & Tile
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Segmented - Torsion Spring
      •   Curved - Torsion Spring
      •   Geometries - Torsion Spring
      •   Hook-On
      •   Lay-In
      •   Lay-In Levels
      •   Snap-In
      •   Gladius™
      •   Metalinx™
      •   Linear
      •   Box Series
      •   Deep Box Series
      •   Multi-Box Continuous
      •   Multi-Box Networks
      •   84R & 84G
      •   Linear Plank
      •   300C - Linear Plank
      •   Cell Ceilings
      •   Open Cell
      •   Cell Frame
      •   Beams & Baffles
      •   High Profile -Straight
      •   High Profile -Horizontally Curved
      •   High Profile -Vertically Curved
      •   Tavola™
      •   Tavola™ Divergent
      •   Tavola™ Levels
      •   Tavola™ Canted
      •   Tavola™ Cassettes
      •   Tubrise
      •   V-Baffle Fins
      •   Exterior
      •   150F - Linear Metal Soffit System
      •   300C - Linear Plank
      •   Box Series
      •   Deep Box Series
      •   Multi-Box Continuous
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Exterior Plank
      •   Woodwright™ Metal Ceilings
      •   Linear
      •   Box
      •   Deep Box
      •   Multi-Box Continuous
      •   Multi-Box Networks
      •   Linear Plank
      •   300C - Linear Plank
      •   Cell Frame
      •   Plank & Tile
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Curved - Torsion Spring
      •   Lay In
      •   Lay-In Levels
      •   Gladius™ Panels
      •   Beams & Baffles
      •   Tavola™
      •   Tavola™ Divergent
      •   Tavola™ Levels
      •   Tavola™ Canted
      •   Tavola™ Cassettes
      •   High Profile - Straight
      •   Exterior
      •   150F
      •   Box
      •   Deep Box
      •   Multi-Box Series
      •   300C
      •   Torsion Spring
      •   Natura™ Wood Ceiling
      •   Natura™ Plank & Tile
      •   Natura™ Linear
      •   Natura™ Grilles
      •   Techstyle® Customizable Ceilings
      •   Techstyle® White
      •   Techstyle® Color
      •   Techstyle® Wood
      •   Techstyle® Graphic
      •   Techstyle® Texture
      •   Wall Systems
      •   Techstyle® Wall
      •   Natura™ Wall
      •   Metal Walls
      •   Woodwright™ Walls

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