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VMZINC clads aeronautical museum

Steel trusses support zinc panels

Aeroscopia, an aeronautical museum in Blagnac, France, is covered with approximately 130,000 square feet of Raleigh, N.C.-based Umicore Building Products USA Inc.'s VMZINC dark grey ANTHRAZINC standing seam panels fixed onto steel trusses.

Aeroscopia, an aeronautical museum in Blagnac, France, is covered with approximately 130,000 square feet of Raleigh, N.C.-based Umicore Building Products USA Inc.'s VMZINC dark grey ANTHRAZINC standing seam panels fixed onto steel trusses. The ANTHRA-ZINC surface aspect contrasts with the lines and reflections of the stainless steel on the neighboring Airbus A380 plant and the matte color avoids reflections.

Daniel Nicely, managing director at Umicore Building Products' VMZINC-US, says Aeroscopia is an example of how VMZINC can have an aesthetic impact on a wide range of architectural projects. "We are proud that VMZINC was selected for use on this innovative museum, which demonstrates the growth of industrial tourism in southwest France, and we are incredibly impressed with the result," he says.

Cardete Huet Architects, Toulouse, France, was the architecture firm for the project. The upper part of the building is made of a VMZINC structural roofing system consisting of ZINC PLUS and rigid mineral wool insulation. It is mounted on a steel panel substructure with a vapor barrier. The zinc is protected on the underside by a composite lacquer, enabling installation without an air gap. The dimension dimension of the museum is heightened by its oblong shape and curved, continuous lines.

The roofing system features external insulation that minimizes thermal bridges, a lightweight roof that reduced the overall weight of the supporting structure and malleability that made it possible to create complex shapes. The 0.7-mm-thick panels have a center distance of 19 7/8 inches and were placed with a double-seam installation technique. For steep slopes, intermediary locks minimized the length of the prefabricated zinc elements so they were easier to handle. The zinc was delivered in coils and formed in a workshop by Raimond SAS, Toulouse, the installer for the project. The curved building will house more than 80 civil and military aircrafts.

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