Estate & Residence

Metal is Key Design Component for Equestrian Estate & Residence

by Larry McLane, president, McLane & Company

From Architectural West Mar/Apr ’13

Located in the greater Vancouver, British Columbia area, this 2 1/2 acre equestrian estate includes a striking 9,000 sq.ft. main residence plus three outbuildings totaling 6,000 sq.ft., to accommodate seven horses.

         Blackwell Architecture Inc., Vancouver, provided design for the project.  According to principal Shawn Blackwell, “The owner was concerned with maintenance issues and also wanted to use natural and local materials as much as possible.”  The resulting rich palette of materials included basalt stone, wood, and zinc.

         Approximately 14,000 sq.ft. of Rheinzink Preweathered Graphite-Gray double lock standing seam roof panels and 2,300 sq.ft. of Rheinzink custom rainscreen wall panels were used on the main residence and outbuildings.  “We liked the natural patina process of the Rheinzink,” Blackwell said.  “It fit well with the other materials and made a significant contribution to the modern, contemporary appearance of the home.”

         The detailing on the project was complicated and complex, according to Blackwell.  “For example, we wanted the roof expressed as a thin, floating 4 1/2” zinc plane,” Blackwell said.  “The expression of the zinc and the separation between the wood soffit required a lot of creative, custom detailing.  We also created a custom square gutter to match the roof so that the gutter is virtually unseen and becomes an integral part of the plane.”

         All of the Rheinzink panels were fabricated on-site and installed by Ace Copper Specialists Ltd., Surrey, British Columbia.  “They did a fabulous job,” Blackwell said.  The general contractor on the project was Davidson Walker Construction Ltd., Vancouver.  Rheinzink America, Inc. led the introduction of zinc as an important architectural material in North America and continues to provide comprehensive technical support to architects and contractors.  Rheinzink is environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable, with a distinctive appearance and outstanding longevity.

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