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Building Materials Show Artsy Side
 

A new exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., takes an unorthodox look at traditional building materials including stone, tile, brick and concrete block. Four architects who worked with teams of engineers and master masonry craftworkers created the designs on view through April 4. Chicago architect Jeanne Gang joined forces with aeronautical engineer Peter Heppel and Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers’ Faz Ehsan to design the marble jigsaw piece-shaped structure that blends stone, woven glass fiber and resin. The translucent marble curtain has 600 interlocking pieces that hang in tension from the ceiling. “We pushed the material to the limits,” says Ehsan.

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