RHEINZINK provides key design component for equestrian estate, residence

Located in the greater Vancouver, B.C., area, this 2-1/2-acre equestrian estate includes a striking 9,000 square foot main residence plus three out-buildings totaling 6,000 square feet to accommodate seven horses.


Design for the project was provided by Blackwell Architecture Inc., Vancouver.  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.

Horse Barn

Approximately 14,000 square feet of RHEINZINK Preweathered Graphite-Gray Double Lock Standing Seam Roof Panels and 2,300 square feet of RHEINZINK custom rainscreen wall panels were used on the main residence and out-buildings.

“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 ½” 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, BC.  “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. Environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable, RHEINZINK presents a distinctive appearance with outstanding longevity. 

For more information on RHEINZINK, call 781-729-0812 or visit www.rheinzink.us.

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