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Aeroscopia, Blagnac, France

The roofing system on Aeroscopia, an aeronautical museum, features external insulation that minimizes thermal bridges, a lightweight roof that reduces the overall weight of the supporting structure and malleability that makes it possible to create complex shapes.

The roofing system on Aeroscopia, an aeronautical museum, features external insulation that minimizes thermal bridges, a lightweight roof that reduces the overall weight of the supporting structure and malleability that makes it possible to create complex shapes. The dimension of the museum is heightened by its oblong shape and curved, continuous lines.

The museum is clad with approximately 130,000 square feet of Umicore Building Products USA Inc.'s VMZINC dark grey ANTHRAZINC standing seam panels fixed onto steel trusses. The ANTHRA-ZINC surface aspect contrasts with the lines and reflections of the stainless steel on the neighboring Airbus A380 plant and the matte color avoids reflections.

Daniel Nicely, managing director at Umicore Building Products' VMZINC-US, says Aeroscopia is an example of how VMZINC can have an aesthetic impact on a wide range of architectural projects. "We are proud that VMZINC was selected for use on this innovative museum, which demonstrates the growth of industrial tourism in southwest France, and we are incredibly impressed with the result," he says.

The upper part of the facility was constructed with a VMZINC structural roofing system that consists of ZINC PLUS and rigid mineral wool insulation. It is mounted on a steel panel substructure with a vapor barrier. The zinc is protected on the underside by a composite lacquer to enable installation without an air gap.

The zinc was delivered in coils and formed in a workshop by Raimond SAS, the installer for the project. The 0.7-mm-thick panels have a center distance of 19 7/8 inches and were placed with a double-seam installation technique. For steep slopes, intermediary locks minimized the length of the prefabricated zinc elements so they were easier to handle. The curved building houses more than 80 civil and military aircrafts.

Architect: Cardete Huet Architects, Toulouse, France
Installer: Raimond SAS, Toulouse
Zinc: Umicore Building Products USA Inc., Raleigh, N.C., www.vmzinc-us.com