It’s not at Hogwarts but Princeton University and their architect has found a way to make a portion of their new Neuroscience/Psychology Complex disappear using a innovative combination of magnets and a funny orange-colored, high-temperature plastic film. This beautiful project, designed by the award-winning architect José Rafael Moneo Vallés, is a truly a sight to behold and very energy-efficient as well. What is equally important as the exterior of the building, however, is what remains unseen in the interior. Our distributor, Modernfold Styles, collaborated with the design team, which included the local architect of record, Davis Brody Bond, out of New York City, to detail and install Smoke Guard’s smoke curtains. These curtains made the code-required elevator smoke lobby disappear from the project.
Davis Brody Bond designed a custom elevator frame out of magnetic 430 stainless steel so that the smoke curtain edge magnets stick right to the elevator frame upon deployment. The curtains themselves remain hidden (cloaked) above elevator doors and roll down to contain smoke. This occurs only in the event of a fire in the building. Looking at the front of the elevator you can’t see any sign of smoke curtain rails or tracks. It’s invisible. Even ARUP (a world-renowned engineering consultant firm) took notice of the measures taken and noted in an email campaign that their team of engineers worked diligently and effectively to meet the university’s goal of a LEED-equivalent building. Smoke Guard was a part of meeting those standards because using their smoke curtains cut down on additional construction and wasted floor space that the smoke lobbies would have required.
We’re very proud to have Smoke Guard in this incredible complex! We’d like to show you some photographs but the facility is engaged in some sort of Top Secret government project and we can’t get clearance to enter the building now. We do have a photo of the mock up elevator frame (to the right) and some nice architectural details below.
Smoke Guard Architectural Details
Video of the Exterior
This video was taken and edited by Wanda Kaluza, showing off the exterior of this impressive complex.
Please get in touch with any other questions or if you have an interest in Smoke Guard. We would be happy to speak more about it!