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Apartments' identity forms from zinc

Christophe Cheney, of Atelier 2A, designed the Atypik apartment building in Paris with two types of zinc. Cheney specified, and Raimond SAS fabricated, custom flat-lock panels from sheets of Umicore Building Products USA Inc.'s VMZINC ANTHRA-ZINC and QUARTZ-ZINC for the north façade of the building.

The blend of colors and zinc format defines Atypik's identity. The two warm, dark surfaces contrast with the glass envelope an office building located across from the apartment building. Vertical VMZINC Interlocking panels were installed on attics to distinguish them from horizontal panel systems on the lower floors. The thin, VMZINC Interlocking panels create uniformity on the façade, top to bottom. Additionally, the panel system's interlocking attachment has concealed fastening, which provides a rainscreen for the building. Some windows were expanded on one jamb with an ANTHRA-ZINC plane; each jamb highlights the building's lintels and sills.

Daniel Nicely, managing director for VMZINC-US at Umicore Building Products USA, says, "The use of VMZINC QUARTZ-ZINC and ANTHRA-ZINC gives Atypik unforgettable rhythm and singularity."

The 18-story, 184-foot-tall building contains 159 apartments. The project is part of a redevelopment program for the banks of the Seine in Issy-les-Molineaux. It was designed for urban continuity between the commercial activity zones of the Quai des Chartreux and the banks of the Seine. It was completed March 2015.

Architect: Atelier 2A, Paris,
Fabricator: Raimond SAS, Saint Julien de Concelles, France,
Zinc: VMZINC by Umicore Building Products USA Inc., Raleigh, N.C.,