A project of great symbolic value, Renzo Piano’s debut in New York City was full of technical challenges. The architect envisioned a sober, yet warm Entrance and Vestibule made from true bronze in the tradition of artisan craftsmanship. Similar in design to the doors Capoferri had provided for the Auditorium “Parco Della Musica” in Rome – Italy, the Morgan Museum & Library entrance was required to be even more technically advanced because of wind loads, thermal insulation, and ADA requirements. Also, the main metal façade was designed to allow for thermal expansion into the ground while the pivot doors would require a solid, fixed foundation and thermal expansion upwards. Capoferri designed a special coupling of the doors to the façade structure to allow these elements to move independently from one another, thanks to special Teflon cushions. All hardware was required to meet US specifications and as such, components were imported to Italy; then meticulously refinished to match the unique bronze finish of the doors and partitions.
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