The St. Regis Lhassa Resort (Tibet)
In Lhassa, in Tibet, “The St. Regis Lhassa Resort” benefits from a unique location. Opposite Potala Palace, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, and close to Norbulingka, the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama, this luxury hotel complex sits amid a timeless landscape that is highly conducive to contemplation. At the heart of this fascinating city, bathed in history, the complex offers a refined and sophisticated setting with very elegant accommodation, against a backdrop of majestic mountains.
The designers opted for a classic architectural style, with traditional pagoda shaped roofs. They chose dark grey zinc for the roofing, for its originality and because it can be used easily to create the most singular forms. In one of the highest cities in the world, the architects also chose zinc because it is suitable for mountainous climates.
Installed using the traditional Parisian roll cap roofing technique, flatlock capping was used to adapt the roofing of the complex to this harsh climate.
As this was the first time that the local installation contractor had ever worked with zinc, training was provided by VMZINC’s local technical expert, who continued to monitor the project throughout the work-site phase. It was an opportunity to pass on know-how and to share useful experiences for future projects.
The St. Regis Lhassa Resort , Tibet
Architect: Denniston International Architects & Planners Ltd.
Contractor: China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corp., Ltd
Technique(s): VMZ Roll cap
Surface aspect: ANTHRA-ZINC®
Our VMZINC expert roofing technician on the site with a member of the local installation company.
Structure of roofs before installation of roof
Tools made by Tibetan roofers: uncoiling reels and hand-held tools.
Installation of the first sheets between roll caps, on extra waterproofing.
Roof being installed
All the sheets are positioned, before installation of capping which will be subsequently welded.
Simultaneous advance of installation on the hotel complex pagoda roofs.
Finishing on hip cap, including concave hip caps and their complex shapes, prior to defilming.
Hip caps after defilming.
Roofs complete before second phase of work and landscaping.
The completed project with the mountains of Tibet in the background.
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