Timeless Cladding for Stepped façade


Building for sustainability continues to make rapid advances in South Africa, the latest milestone being Central Square, a R1.8 billion urban lifestyle centre  in the Menlyn Maine district of Tshwane - the country’s first “green city” precinct.

Central Square is the first retail development to receive a Green Star SA custom mixed-use rating from the Green Building Council of SA - a rating in line with Menlyn Maine’s sustainability benchmarks as a partner of the Clinton Climate Initiative and as one of 16 green "cities’ being built in various countries, and the only one in Africa.

Offering a boutique-styled shopping and leisure experience, Central Square’s overall architecture has been described as contemporary and timeless and also unique in appearance, shape and form.
Contributing both to sustainability and to the unique appearance and shape are a stepped façade and a range of materials that will, says lead architect Greg Reid of Boogertman + Partners, age with the building and give it character.

These materials - from limestone and granite to distinctive bricks and RHEINZINK zinc alloy - are functional and  avoid the need for intensive maintenance every five years or so that may result from use of in-vogue alternatives, he says.

“This is particularly true of Rheinzink prePATINA in graphite-grey which was chosen for the cladding at Central Square. The aesthetic patina created by natural weathering will protect the material for generations.”

As an innovative contemporary building material known for quality, durability and lasting value, RHEINZINK requires little energy in production and is 100% recyclable, meeting today’s essential design considerations for sustainability and low energy use.

RHEINZINK carries top German and European quality certificates and the environment certificate AUB based on LCA (life cycle analysis) as well as “Cradle to Cradle” certification which is offered by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency in co-operation with the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute of San Francisco. The agency’s task is to improve the quality and usefulness of materials, products and services to make a positive impact through eco-effective design.

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