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Barnes Foundation

Jerusalem limestone creates signature stone building

Barnes Foundation

Philadelphia, PA

Architect: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Client: D.M. Sabia & Co

Completion: 2012
Category: Institutional 

Project Type: Stone Engineering
Stone Type: Jerusalem Limestone


2012–Apollo Award for Museum Opening of the Year
2013–Building Stone Institute Tucker Award



Nov 2012–Stone World Magazine


Sep 2020–Designing Legacy—Roundtable

To say that there was nothing usual about this project for PICCO's  stone engineering team is a vast understatement. With no single piece of stone identical to the next,  it involved a special anchoring design for the open, unsealed joints, while integral glazing systems challenged constructability.


The Jerusalem Limestone facade required fully-detailed fabrication drawings

and steel struts and heavy gauge connections for the large cavity space. This distinctive building owes its acclaim and many awards, in part, to the innovative and inspiring facade that defines it. 

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