Jack Daniel’s Barrel House
This glass box is intended to be an invisible barrier in the centre of the Jack Daniel's Barrel House to create a special room where visitors can enjoy tastings of whiskey amid the barrels that created the whiskey they were sampling. Originally conceived as a cable facade, it soon became apparent that the historic building would not be able to take the required pretension of the cables. During its collaborative Designer Assist process, Novum then proposed a solution of suspended steel fins that would require no pretension yet be small enough to disappear into the surroundings. The fins were treated with a clear finish to protect them from corrosion while creating a raw, unfinished look that blended in with the rustic surroundings. These fins support crystal clear low-iron glass with open glass joints. Novum’s CCG-System was chosen because it provides maximum transparency and the finish could be customized to match the aesthetic of the barrel house.
The glass box is supported by 4” x 1” steel plate fins suspended from the roof structure. At the corners, custom “arrow” shaped fins were adopted to manage loading in orthogonal directions. To minimize the thickness of the fins and limit deflections in a seismic event, the fins were tied by horizontal 10mm (0.39”) steel tension rods running along the perimeter of the glass box.
The highly transparent low-iron laminated glass is attached to the steel fins with custom steel square-shaped corner clamps bolted to the support fins. Where it was impractical to have the corner clamps in the true corner of the glass panels due to the shape of the panels, or cut-outs for the existing building structure, the corner clamps were modified to be instead used along the edge of the glass panel and steel dead load tabs welded to the fins were utilized to support the weight of the glass.