Manufacture Architecture NC

Drape Wall

Thermoforming_Drape Wall

  • Drape Wall
  • Prototype
  • 2006
  • Photo:Wikipedia Commons (Sarasby 2011)
  • HouMinn Practice
  • Thermoforming
Drape Wall utilizes thermoformed plastic to form rainscreen panels for their exterior wall prototype. The rainscreen is mounted on an aluminum structural frame with an interior felted drape layer, which acts as both insulator and weatherproof barrier for the wall. Drape Wall won a 2008 R+D Award from Architect Magazine. HouMinn investigated manufacturing options in order to produce a prototype, and thermoforming was selected as a cost efficient method for producing the 4 foot by 2 foot panels.