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Adaptive curtain wall design by Hoberman and partners wins CFA award
In response to the Center for Architecture’s competition 'Open Call: Innovative Curtain Wall Design,' Hoberman’s joint-venture with Buro Happold, Adaptive Building Initiative (ABI), teamed up with Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, and The Permasteelisa Group to create the HelioTrace façade system.

The goal of this collaborative team was to develop an advanced building enclosure prototype that could leverage contextual, environmental inputs to inform a responsive kinetic curtain wall system. Architects and enclosure experts at SOM envisioned a system which improves the wall’s performance relative to daylighting and glare; and reduces solar heat gain by as much as 81%. The kinetic shading system was developed and integrated into the overall façade by the Adaptive Building Initiative, utilizing its patented Srata™ system (Previously Linear System). SOM’s Sustainable Engineering Studio prepared ecological analyses that leveraged empirical data to inform the position and operation of the kinetic shading system. Curtain wall fabricator, The Permasteelisa Group, worked with the team to engineer the system and work through issues of constructability and performance. The final design utilizes an adaptive kinetic solution to respond to ecology, form and function.

The HelioTrace system received a citation of merit by The Center for Architecture and will be featured in its upcoming exhibition 'Integrate : Innovate – building better together,' opening Fall, 2010.

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