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Rectangular Boxes Intersect to Form Building

CSI Architectural Metal Inc. fabricated more than 19,000 square feet of RHEINZINK America Inc.'s prePATINA blue-grey Flat Lock Tiles for the facade of the Pterodactyl building in Culver City, Calif., completed in 2015.

Zinc panels stack on top of and adjacent to each other

CSI Architectural Metal Inc. fabricated more than 19,000 square feet of RHEINZINK America Inc.'s prePATINA blue-grey Flat Lock Tiles for the facade of the Pterodactyl building in Culver City, Calif., completed in 2015. Additionally, approximately 3,600 square feet of RHEINZINK's Flat Lock Tiles were installed in a low-slope roof application for the project.

The 16,663-square-foot building is formed by the intersection of nine rectangular boxes that are lifted one level above the garage roof and stacked on top or adjacent to each other. The nine boxes organize program elements connected by an interior, second-floor bridge. The underside of the boxes is cut out to accommodate an open plan on the main office floor below.

The Pterodactyl building was constructed on top of a four-level parking garage that was built in 1998. The structure was designed with steel columns extended above the top floor plate in anticipation of a future building. The design premise required removal of portions of the original buildings to establish new building identities, allow space for landscaping, and accommodate pedestrian and automobile circulation.

Gary McKee, West Coast regional sales manager at RHEINZINK, says turning Flat Lock panels requires a well-qualified installer. "This was out of the norm for most Flat Lock Tile jobs," he says. "Most installers would end the panel at a corner rather than turning it-but that's not what the design team wanted."

Architectural Metal Cladding Inc. installed the Flat Lock panels so they wrap around the edges and corners. Raul Garcia, project architect at Eric Owen Moss Architects, says one great attribute of RHEINZINK is its workability. "The material allowed the installers to customize it on-site to fit those complicated areas around beams and in tight corners," he says.

Garcia says his firm likes to use a small palette of materials. "That really helps create the dramatic space because you are concentrating on the form and the spatial aspects that the form creates," he says. Flat Lock Tiles were installed in the interior as accents in areas that visually link the interior to the exterior façade. Additional building materials include cement plaster and glass.

The Pterodactyl building is the final phase of the Wedgewood Holly campus office buildings that were originally part of a grouping of contiguous warehouses in Culver City that had been added to incrementally since the 1940s. Eric Owen Moss Architects designed all five buildings in the complex: Stealth, Umbrella, Slash, Backslash and Pterodactyl.

Architect: Eric Owen Moss Architects, Culver City

Installer: Architectural Metal Cladding Inc., West Hollywood, Calif.

Fabricator: CSI Architectural Metal Inc., Carson, Calif., www.csimetal.org

Metal wall panels: RHEINZINK America Inc., Woburn, Mass., www.rheinzink.us