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Titanium zinc cladding from MDS at campus

Keeping up appearances – cladding by Metal Design Solutions


In designing the extensive changes to the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences campus at the University of Auckland, Jasmax chose to soften, rather than ignore, the existing Brutalist architecture.

Cladding materials were consequently chosen to be in keeping with this design approach. One end of the renovated building adjacent to the new Boyle Building was remodelled and clad in pre-weathered titanium zinc from Metal Design Solutions (MDS). Standing seam zinc was used vertically, with contrasting flat horizontal bands defining the floor levels within.

Jan Alberts, co-director of MDS says pre-aged zinc is used to provide uniformity of finish. "If the zinc was not weathered, there would gradually be a difference in the appearance of areas exposed to the weather and the more sheltered panels. With the pre-weathered cladding, the building will remain looking as it does for years to come. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, titanium zinc is renowned for its performance and durability."

Alberts says MDS provides bespoke products for clients, working closely with architects to design, supply and install materials that are an appropriate solution for each project.

Metal Design Solutions has been in operation for more than 13 years, fabricating zinc, copper, stainless steel and aluminium cladding, flashing and roofs. Branded products available from MDS include Euroroof, Eurowall, Rheinzink, Eurotray and Euroline.



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First published date: 06 October 2013

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