Spherical buildings with RHEINZINK
The AFI-Palace – a shopping mall of superlatives – is the biggest complex of its kind in Romania, with 222.000 m² of retail space and extensive entertainment segments, including an IMAX cinema. The successful project by MYS Architects of Tel Aviv has already been honoured with many international prizes, notably for the complex construction of the three dimensional sphere-shaped cinema with 24 “folds”.
Highly visible it accentuates the foyer from afar. At nightfall the integrated lighting system installed within the 150 mm –long offsets creates an attractive effect. The sphere-shaped design is similar to the IMAX of Parc de la Villette in Paris and is also a reminder of the renowned Glasgow Science Center of Cinema City. However, the IMAX Bucharest is distinguished by its exterior shape and materials used. RHEINZINK prePATINA in blue-grey was selected for the exterior cladding of the building which has a 42 metre diameter. Flat designed reveal panels applied for cladding on the approx. 4.000m² twisted envelope of the IMAX cinema lend a real vibrancy to the sphere with its folded structure.
Another distinctive spherical building is the Telecommunications Center Project in South Korea’s Gwacheon City. The exterior shape of the complex is integrated completely with the surrounding hilly landscape. A link to the slightly sloping topography is provided by the curved roof structure of the office wing. Designed by the architectural practice Space oh Associates of Seoul, the large-scale sphere, which houses a public exhibition area, underpins the overall design concept of being as solid as a rock.
Flat-lock tiles in RHEINZINK prePATINA blue-grey were mainly selected to clad the sphere. These tiles are ideally suited to ambitious building structures because of their comparatively easy application. RHEINZINK material allows the optimal cladding of a wide variety of building geometries because of its excellent properties and varied system options. RHEINZINK is at your service to offer technical advice, to develop new solutions and to assist you to implement your architectural ideas.