Perforated Metal Origami with RHEINZINK


Legacy ER, USA Photo: Studio-Orng

The uniqueness of a free-standing emergency room is rivaled only by the uniqueness of the design concept of the new Legacy ER in Allen, Texas, USA.  Described by some as a “perforated metal origami,“ the facility functions both as a state-licensed emergency facility as well as an urgent care clinic.  The emergency room is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  The owners of Legacy ER sought to redefine the medical care experience.  The building integrates the principles of evidence-based design and sustainability within its spatial, circulatory and sensory structure.

This is the second Legacy ER building designed by 5G Studio Collaborative, Dallas.  The success of the design of the first building, located in Frisco, TX, and the exceptional branding and business opportunities it enabled, convinced the client to push forward with an edgy, contemporary design for the Allen facility. The design is intended to advance the discourse on the architecture of the healing environment. The exterior of the structure features an architectural robe of zinc panels with an integrated lighting system.  Perforated RHEINZINK Reveal Panels clad the dramatic overhangs and soffits; RHEINZINK Standing Seam Panels clad the facade.  Approximately 1.600 sqm of prePATINA blue-grey panels were utilized overall.

“The owners wanted to create a distinctive facility,“ Yen Ong, partner at 5G Studio and principal architect, said. “We presented this modern look and proposed RHEINZINK because it’s a sustainable metal, it’s durable and, in spite of its cool hue, it’s still very warm and charming.  We really wanted to capture the essence of an ER physicians role in a patient’s life.  I think we were successful in doing that, especially with zinc, because the material is very flexible, very durable and very precise.  It captures all of the attributes of physicians that patients in this situation want to see.“

The large, sloping soffits clad with perforated RHEINZINK panels provide the signature look.  “We used the perforations to create a diffusion for the building lighting,“ Ong said.  “The perforations are larger toward the outer edges and smaller toward the inside to achieve the gradient of light.  At night, the diffused lighting pattern is quite evident.“  The perforated panels were integral in executing the architect’s vision.  The perforations help provide exterior views from within the building as well as a method of peripheral lighting. 

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