Belmont University Performing Arts Center, Nashville, TN
On the west elevation of the new performing arts center for Belmont University are three windows, each approximately 15’ wide and 45’ tall, which serve as the primary feature of the building. The windows are composed almost entirely of prismatic glass elements, some of which are 1.5” thick, which transform the late afternoon sun light into prismatic colors which will be cast throughout the entry lobby, which will also be used as a reception space. The windows will also be illuminated from the interior at night so the dazzling effect of the prismatic glass will be prominently visible to the exterior.
The prismatic glass is laminated to base sheets of glass that have engraved and polished lines that delineate the composition. A new process was developed for the lamination of the prismatic glass that is more expedient than resin lamination, that is typically used for lamination of glass elements, and which provides a stronger bond and is extremely transparent.
The production is being done with a team composed of ten members from the former Architectural Glass Art, the predecessor to Kaiser / von Roenn Studio, and with one team member who is in Europe and who prepared the graphics. The production is being done at 310 Tempering in Louisville, KY, which assisted in the development of the new lamination process.
The project is to be completed by June 2021.
Architect: ESa, Nashville, TN: https://esarch.com/
Randy Burkett, Lighting Consultant