Most innovative curtain-wall system
The Sixth System is a new glazing façade structural system from Paragon Architectural Products, Scottsdale, Ariz., that features a stainless steel supporting structure that is hidden within the silicone joint, according to Russ Hals, sales and marketing assistant, Paragon Architectural Products. By contrast, most glazing systems have clearly visible supporting structures in the form of aluminum mullions, transoms, steel trusses, columns, stainless steel cables, rods or glass fins on the interior or exterior of the glass façade.
“What’s so revolutionary about this system is that there are no internal or external supporting structures required, and it offers amazing views unobstructed from any supporting structure,” Hals says. The system also allows for additional interior floor space, and is cost competitive with a standard fin system. The installation sequence is fast and simplified, he says.
The Sixth System has been structurally engineered and fully tested, and can withstand the rigorous internal and external pressures, as well as all loading factors, according to a company release. The system features grade #316 stainless steel hardware available in numerous shapes, including round, square, rectangular, hexagonal and octagonal.
The system has not yet been used in any existing projects, but Hals says the company has a list of upcoming projects to be completed with the technology in the United States—New York City, San Francisco and St. Louis—and abroad—Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.