Atlanta art museum maximizes new space with natural light

February 27, 2007

The basics: Glass in the High Museum of Art in Atlanta greets visitors at the entrance and provides them with light-filled interiors once inside. The $130 million museum opened in November 2005.
The players: Architect, Renzo Piano, Italy, Lord, Aeck & Sargent Inc., Atlanta; general contractor, Skanska-Russell joint venture, Atlanta; glazing contractor, Harmon Inc., Lithia Springs, Ga.; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; glass suppliers, PPG Industries Inc., Pittsburgh, Pilkington, United Kingdom.
The glass and systems: 29,000-square-foot curtain wall of PPG Starfire glass in low-emissivity, laminated insulating units from Viracon; 4,200-square-foot entrance canopy with Pilkington Planar glass; 1,000 small skylights.

Photo by Virginia Emery, Glass Magazine, McLean, Va. Click here to read an in-depth article about the High Museum.