Curtain Wall

A curtain wall is one of the primary means of expression in modern architecture. It is a non-load-bearing wall, typically made of glass and metal, mounted in front of a structural frame. Curtain walls are hung from a building's structure, rather than being part of the structure itself; their invention in the early 19th century (the Hallidie Building in San Francisco is considered the first example, dating to 1918) broke strongly from the traditional architectural expression of small windows in heavy walls. Early curtain walls were made of steel frames with single-pane glass, but advances in technology and sustainability concerns have made aluminum framing with insulated glass the standard today.

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