Published: Monday, August 21, 2006
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Views of the addition to the warehouse
The Zinc Facade System, implemented on the exterior of the Porter House, is a custom designed and fabricated, metal pan cladding system. SHoP Architects worked directly with the roofing contractor to develop the concept of a self-flashing rain-screen installed over layers of protective ice and water shield membrane. The zinc is pre-weathered and does not require any treatment such as galvanizing or painting.
The play of zinc, glass and light extends itself into the interiors of the building
The varied floor heights of the existing building merging with those of the addition called for an exterior skin that could absorb the variations without increasing costs or complicating production. Individual parts were hence developed using the sophisticated sheet metal software 'Solidworks'. Data in the form of numeric listings (in a typical excel worksheet) was entered into the program to develop prototypical three-dimensional models per desired part type. This process enabled a high degree of variation as a derivation of an original three dimensional model.
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