Denver Art Museum condo project gets zinc panels to match the appearance of its famous neighbor

February 01, 2008 |

The Museum Residences, located next to the expanded Denver Art Museum, are wrapped in transparent and opaque glass and accented with dramatic diagonal Rheinzink zinc/tile panels. Designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind, New York, and Davis Partnership Architects, Denver, the $32 million, 126,000-sf project includes 55 luxury condos that offer “gallery-inspired living.”

The architects sited the structure to reduce the visual impact of the adjoining parking garage and specified the zinc panels so it looked like the adjacent titanium-clad Denver Art Museum. More than 30,000 sf of Rheinzink Preweathered Blue Gray Flat Lock Tile was used to accent and highlight the seven-story structure. Libeskind demanded that the project be completely trimless with no flashings.

“We couldn't have exposed flashings so that created some issues at corners and returns,” said Dave Villella, project manager for installer A-1 Glass, Englewood, Colo. “We sealed all transition points to meet his requirement. The cap flashing at the top was a hidden lock system so it wouldn't come down over the face of the wall. We came up with a concealed flashing system that created a monolithic corner.”

The general contractor on the project was Milender White Construction Company, Golden, Colo.


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