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Zinc-Coated Buildings: 20 Recyclable and Durable Facades

Zinc-Coated Buildings: 20 Recyclable and Durable Facades
Zinc-Coated Buildings: 20 Recyclable and Durable Facades, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan
Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan

    Zinc is a natural element extracted from ores. Its symbol, which appears in the dreaded Periodic Table, is Zn. Through a metallurgical process of burning its impurities (reducing zinc oxide and refining), it assumes a much more friendly appearance, and later becomes the sheets, coils, and rollers used in construction. The main characteristic of this material is its malleability, which allows it to be worked easily, allowing to cover complex forms in facades and roofs of buildings.

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    Zinc is naturally resistant to corrosion. Between six months and two years after its installation, depending on the climate, the exposure of the building, and the aggressiveness of the atmosphere, it develops a natural layer called patina (light gray), which gives it great longevity (up to 120 years depending on the factors above). What is interesting is that, beyond its long life cycle, zinc does not require any special maintenance. In effect, it continues to develop a protective layer throughout its life, which can correct some of its imperfections or risks. Another interesting quality is that 100% of rolled or worked zinc products are recyclable at the end of their life cycle and their assembly process consumes little energy compared to other metals used in construction.

    The 20 projects below highlight the versatility of zinc. 

    A Monolith In Zinc / Tengbom

    A Monolith In Zinc / Tengbom. Image Cortesia de Tengbom
    A Monolith In Zinc / Tengbom. Image Cortesia de Tengbom

    Midden Studio / Studio Weave

    Midden Studio / Studio Weave. Image © Johnny Barrington
    Midden Studio / Studio Weave. Image © Johnny Barrington

    Stonehenge Visitor Centre / Denton Corker Marshall

    Stonehenge Visitor Centre / Denton Corker Marshall. Image © Peter Cook
    Stonehenge Visitor Centre / Denton Corker Marshall. Image © Peter Cook

    Terunobu Fujimori's Soft-Hard Zinc House Opens Near Tokyo

    New soft-hard Zinc House / Terunobu Fujimori. Image © Maria Novozhilova
    New soft-hard Zinc House / Terunobu Fujimori. Image © Maria Novozhilova

    Fairhaven Beach House / John Wardle Architects

    Fairhaven Beach House / John Wardle Architects. Image © Trevor Mein
    Fairhaven Beach House / John Wardle Architects. Image © Trevor Mein

    Port Melbourne House / Pandolfini Architects

    Port Melbourne House / Pandolfini Architects. Image © Rory Gardiner
    Port Melbourne House / Pandolfini Architects. Image © Rory Gardiner

    Regent Park Aquatic Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

    Regent Park Aquatic Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects. Image © Shai Gil
    Regent Park Aquatic Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects. Image © Shai Gil

    Adjustable Forms / DLR Group

    Adjustable Forms / DLR Group. Image © James Steinkamp
    Adjustable Forms / DLR Group. Image © James Steinkamp

    Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

    Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan
    Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan

    Desjardins Group Head Office / ABCP architecture + Anne Carrier Architectes

    Desjardins Group Head Office / ABCP architecture + Anne Carrier Architectes. Image © Stéphane Groleau
    Desjardins Group Head Office / ABCP architecture + Anne Carrier Architectes. Image © Stéphane Groleau

    Publilettre / Fabre-DeMarien Architectes

    Publilettre / Fabre-DeMarien Architectes. Image © Julien Fernandez
    Publilettre / Fabre-DeMarien Architectes. Image © Julien Fernandez

    Benbow Yard / FORMstudio

    Benbow Yard / FORMstudio. Image © Bruce Hemming
    Benbow Yard / FORMstudio. Image © Bruce Hemming

    Sandringham Primary School / Walters & Cohen

    Sandringham Primary School / Walters & Cohen. Image © Dennis Gilbert / VIEW
    Sandringham Primary School / Walters & Cohen. Image © Dennis Gilbert / VIEW

    Montrose Cultural Centre / Teeple Architects

    Montrose Cultural Centre / Teeple Architects. Image © Shai Gil
    Montrose Cultural Centre / Teeple Architects. Image © Shai Gil

    Pitched Roof House / Chenchow Little

    Pitched Roof House / Chenchow Little. Image © John Gollings
    Pitched Roof House / Chenchow Little. Image © John Gollings

    AIANC Center for Architecture and Design / Frank Harmon Architect

    AIANC Center for Architecture and Design / Frank Harmon Architect. Image © Timothy Hursley
    AIANC Center for Architecture and Design / Frank Harmon Architect. Image © Timothy Hursley

    Chinguacousy Park Redevelopment / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

    Chinguacousy Park Redevelopment / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects. Image © Shai Gil
    Chinguacousy Park Redevelopment / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects. Image © Shai Gil

    Principal Riverwalk Pavilion / Substance Architecture

    Principal Riverwalk Pavilion / Substance Architecture. Image © Paul Crosby
    Principal Riverwalk Pavilion / Substance Architecture. Image © Paul Crosby

    Stephen Hawking Centre at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics / Teeple Architects

    Stephen Hawking Centre at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics / Teeple Architects. Image © Tom Arban
    Stephen Hawking Centre at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics / Teeple Architects. Image © Tom Arban

    Home in High Latitude / hyperSity architects

    Home in High Latitude / hyperSity architects. Image © Han Ma
    Home in High Latitude / hyperSity architects. Image © Han Ma

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    Cite: Souza, Eduardo. "Zinc-Coated Buildings: 20 Recyclable and Durable Facades" [Fachadas recicláveis e duradouras: 20 edifícios revestidos em zinco] 23 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/909487/zinc-coated-buildings-20-recycled-and-durable-facades/> ISSN 0719-8884
    Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan

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