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elZinc Slate in Space Crab Treehouse | MetalTech-USA

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    Cladding
  • Applications

    Treehouse
  • Characteristics

    Zinc is durable, highly resistant to atmospheric corrosion and can be recycled indefinitely.
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Located at Camp Southern Ground in Fayetteville, Georgia, USA, the evocatively named Space Crab designed by Jefferson Browne Greham Architects is a treehouse that has been designed to cater for children of all abilities with a special emphasis on those with neurodevelopmental disorders as well as social or emotional challenges. The treehouse earned its name from a resemblance to a horse-shoe crab with a curved body formed to fit within an existing grove of trees and a long tail which forms a 200-foot-long accessible ramp.

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The design brief from was to create a building with a projected life of over 100 years. This criterion lead to the use of a steel structure, metal cladding and PVC decking material to create a sturdy and durable structure.

elZinc Slate from MetalTecch USA was used for the external cladding of the Space Crab and was selected for its properties as a ‘living material’. When exposed to the elements, zinc naturally develops a thin protective layer referred to as patina. The patina creates resistance to the weathering and corrosion processes that many other metals are subject to. Zinc cladding is a highly durable material well suited to meet and exceed the 100+ year design life of the Space Crab.

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About elZinc

elZinc zinc coils and sheets may be purchased directly through MetalTech-USA. They are available in the natural finish as well as two preweathered finishes and 6 Rainbow colors. The advantages of using zinc as a building material are numerous:

Durability: elZinc has a very long life and is highly resistant to atmospheric corrosion. The patina that appears on the surface after exposure has a self-protecting effect giving the material a beautiful appearance which lasts for decades.

Environment: Zinc is one of the few materials used in construction that can be recycled indefinitely without losing its physical and chemical characteristics.

Malleability: Zinc conforms to practically any shape including bends and complex geometric forms.

Style: Zinc is a contemporary material which is perfectly suited for all types of construction both in classical and modern architecture.

Variety: elZinc offers a huge variety of surface finishes, allowing vast application possibilities.

elZinc sheets and coils are distinguished by:

  • Maleability, irrespective of the rolling direction
  • High stability once formed
  • Electrofusion optimal performance due to low surface oil.
  • Limited low temperature brittleness

All rolled products by elZinc exceed the requirements set by the ASTM B69-13 standard for rolled architectural zinc and the EN988 standard.

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