The terra cotta wall is interesting in its performance as well — it protects the insulated wall but still allows it to breath, eliminating moisture and lowering the temperature of the wall assembly on hot days. Air infiltration is also significantly reduced with the wall system. The screen façade, which also affords a walkout to gaze over the historic core of Philadelphia, is generously shaded by tile but still allows light into the space. It’s a great green design feature, and although the museum certainly could have incorporated more sustainable design strategies within, it does provide a unique example of fusing symbolic gesture with practical results.
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