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July 2011

Innovation from Copper Roofing | Architectural Metalformers

Based in Auckland, Architectural Metalformers provides innovative architectural roofing and sheetmetal solutions for residential and commercial applications, using a range of durable products.

Architectural Metalformers employs some of the most skilled coppersmiths and craftsmen available to the the industry. The company boasts combined experience of more than 160 years in roofing and sheetmetal fabrication and installation.

Solutions can either be made to the client’s design or developed from concept stage in conjunction with the design team. Architectural Metalformers have available an in house technical support team, CAD details and a comprehensive technical literature to assist architects, construction companies and clients in the design and construction process.

Roofing profiles include roll formed Smarttray standing seam roofing and cladding panels.  These profiles are a popular design choice with designers as it provides a dramatic depth and shading effect on the panel. All these profiles are suitable for roofing and wall cladding solutions and are available in copper, zinc, aluminium, Colorcote and Zincalume.

Additional products include Smartsheet parapet cappings, cornices and fascias, chimney features, doors and gates, and Smartrain rainwater goods, such as custom made guttering, rainwater heads and sumps.

Architectural Metalformers have worked on a number of high profile buildings across the region and its technical and installation teams have provided an invaluable service in order to achieve the unique design requirements.

One such project was the distinctive “wave” dome roof for the Grand Atrium at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The custom-built undulating copper roof with matching gutter was a unique achievement for the company. The waved copper dome is made up of 1,760 individual splayed panels, each of which has a different radius. This made the construction and installation process a significant logistical challenge.

Another unique project was the splayed copper tray roof of the Vodafone building located at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. In order to create the complex 14 meter curved splayed roof the technical team developed an innovative lateral jointing process. The result was a roof which combines old-fashioned craftsmanship with modern architectural styling and has fast become an architectural landmark on Auckland’s skyline.

View more information on Architectural Metalformers, including contact details.
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