International Quilt Study Center & Museum International Quilt Study Center & Museum / Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

International Quilt Study Center & Museum

"We were looking for a material that was somewhat transparent, and also acted as a shading element to reduce light levels in the Great Hall. Cambridge's system works well for both purposes."
- Albert Macchietto, Principal, Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, P.C.
  • Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
  • Year Completed: 2008
  • End Use: Academic, Museum
  • Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP – New York, NY
  • Architect of Record: Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, P.C. – Omaha, NE
  • General Contractor: Hawkins Construction Company – Lincoln, NE
  • Owner: University of Nebraska- Lincoln


The International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE is home to more than 2,300 quilts. In a building filled with fabrics, it was only fitting to incorporate a new kind of fabric into the building's design. Architectural mesh from Cambridge Architectural drapes the expansive windows of the venue, letting in the perfect amount of light. Mesh provides a large-scale streamlined look that makes an elegant statement inside the building, and can be appreciated from the outside as well.

The Cambridge system employs lustrous woven metal fabric, which complements the Quilt Museum's theme perfectly.


The woven metal mesh application employs daylighting by effectively managing natural light and maximizing visual comfort. The mesh shades the sun and eases the light gradually as patrons walk through. Metal fabric is an extremely unique shading material, and it can be designed to meet almost any structural or opacity requirement. It can be specified to allow the exact amount of light necessary to pass through a given barrier. Mesh is a sophisticated material that delivers supreme functionality to the Quilt Museum.


This architectural mesh application combines a superior aesthetic with high quality performance, eliminating the need for additional interior materials. In the Quilt Museum, the sheer durability and lifecycle of the mesh window treatments reduces maintenance costs, and assures that there will be no need for replacement materials. Cambridge's metal fabric panels were engineered to fit the venue's expansive windows, ensuring a successful and issue-free installation that was specifically designed to optimize daylight in the Quilt Museum.

Once these materials, with a high volume of recycled content, reach the end of their lifecycles, they can be easily recycled into the next generation of architectural mesh.

Cambridge Architectural is an active member of the USGBC®, and helps architects take maximum advantage of LEED credit through the many categories in which architectural mesh systems apply, including optimized energy performance, incorporation of recycled content, the facilitation of daylighting and new construction.

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