Overlooking the beautiful Table Mountain range, Jane Visser Architects were inspired to design a house that fitted into a Cape context yet was also contemporary. Three materials were chosen in the architecture – stone, plastered masonry and Rheinzink – to reduce the apparent scale of the house outside and incorporate the Cape tradition.
The client was keen to have a very low-maintenance house utilising natural materials. Rheinzink was considered as the ideal roofing product, with its versatility and longevity. They loved the modern and elegant detailing that it offered with its zinc colour which mellows as it ages, developing a beautiful patina. Rheinzink was not only used on the roof, but also on all the first-floor external elevations.
Architect Jane Visser praised the roofing subcontractors, who demonstrated superb craftsmanship and skill in handcrafting this product. Every standing seam was carefully bent at the ends and the whole roof was finished with high-quality Rheinzink gutters, while the bespoke nature of the product allowed very neat and functional custom junctions and flashings – vital in the Cape with its wind-driven rain.
Rheinzink is 99% pure zinc, with defined additions of titanium and copper, specifically developed for the building industry because of its long-lasting, durable, low-maintenance and aesthetically pleasing properties.
To complement the national availability of the Rheinzink roofing, facade cladding and water drainage systems, the company’s South African office offers a comprehensive support service, including technical assistance on application technique and specifications for planners and installers.
The product specified resulted in a project that is sure to leave its mark for years to come – innovative, unique and well suited to its environment.
Main image: The zinc colour is modern and elegant. Used on the roof and external elevations, it mellows as it ages, developing a beautiful patina.