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Metal and a Mini Museum

Zinc clads roof and walls of unique “art barn” project

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Billionaire Steve Tisch is a noted Hollywood producer, and also chairman and executive vice president of the New York Giants football team. He wanted a home for his art collection, and also wanted to use the space for entertaining and hanging out with friends. What resulted was an “art barn” as he likes to call it, or a “mini-museum” as others refer to it. This new 4,500-square-foot art and entertainment structure is an addition to his residential estate in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Tisch hired the Los Angeles-based architectural firm of Johnston Marklee & Associates to design the building that consists of two volumes comprised of the same house-like shapes. Johnston Marklee worked with its design team of Culver City, Calif.-based C.W. Howe Partners Inc. (structural and civil) and Santa Monica, Calif.-based Pamela Burton & Co. (landscape) who designed the pathways and landscape connection down to the gallery. This private art gallery was envisioned as a freestanding building separate from the main historic residence designed by Paul Revere Williams in 1932. Due to the hillside nature of the property, the gallery was constructed on the site of a former tennis court, which allowed the construction to utilize an existing flat pad.

The entire exterior of the structure is clad with Woburn, Mass.-based RHEINZINK America Inc.'s material. Approximately 6,500 square feet of RHEINZINK prePATINA blue-grey Vertical Angle Standing Seam Panels clad the façade and 7,000 square feet of prePATINA blue-grey Double Lock Standing Seam Panels cover the roof. All RHEINZINK panels were fabricated and installed by MJC Roofing Inc., Glendale, Calif.

Since the gallery sits approximately 40 feet below the main residence, the roof became an important feature of the design. “We were interested in using a product that could act as both a façade and a roof material with a seamless transition,” says Lindsay Erickson, project manager at Johnston Marklee. “The main residence has a brick façade with a standing seam copper roof. We wanted to ensure that gallery was distinctly different from the house while complementing it. RHEINZINK standing seam panels became a way to employ the metal aesthetic used elsewhere on the property.”

Copper was evaluated as another option but was eliminated due to the way that it weathers. “While the zinc will eventually patina to a dark grey, it will do so in a much more consistent manner and over a longer period of time,” Erickson says. “This will allow the building to transform and evolve slowly, rather than a fast transition from copper to green as with the existing roofs of the property.”

Because of the priceless art, waterproofing the building was as important as its appearance. In addition to the roofing and the siding, “MJC Roofing installed polyisocyanate rigid insulation on the roof and covered it with [Carlisle, Pa.- based] Carlisle Water & Ice Protection Product’s 300 HT peel and stick as the underlayment,” says Matthew Clonts, president and owner of MJC Roofing. “Three inlaid gutters run down the middle of the building. We waterproofed them with 120 mils of [Toronto-based Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing’s] Vulkem 250GC, fully reinforced with reemay fabric.”

For its installation, very specific parameters had to be met. “Every seam had to uniformly line up with doors, windows, the entryway, skylights and the roofing panels,” Clonts says. “To do this we had to layout the entire building first in several CAD drawings and then do a physical layout onsite. The framing was done well, but like all framing, it was not perfect down to the margins we were working with. If a corner was out of plumb or a door set one inch out of place, it would throw off the entire layout. We often had to custom make panels and adjust them no more than 1/4 inch in width so they would not be a noticeably different size. The clean lines are essential to the design of the building and we could not use trim metal to fudge anywhere.”