BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The original owner of this unusual building here wanted to project a strong architectural statement reflecting its own corporate image.

It got it.

The accompanying photos show a 90,000-sq.-ft. office building, now the David Geffen Foundation Building, located in the Beverly Hills, Calif. industrial district, where zoning restrictions limit the height of buildings to three stories. The typical cornice line along the street is reinterpreted by a barrel-vaulted, Kal-wall roof running the length of the building and incorporating the third-floor offices. Construction was completed earlier this year.

Custom Metal Fabricators Inc., Orange, Calif., was the metal construction product installer; Proclad Enterprises Ltd., Alberta, Canada, was the metal panel manufacturer. General contractor was Turner Construction Co., Los Angeles. The architect was Peter Ogman of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, New York.

Rheinzink Canada Ltd., Burnaby, B.C., Canada, was the supplier of the panel materials and supplied the accompanying completed project photos.

"Site and program variants are exploited to create a complex, hierarchically asymmetrical building," according to Rheinzink. "The theater marks the garage entry and ramp; the main conference rooms occupy a tower at the corner, adjoining a plaza and reflecting pool; and the main entry circulation space projects from the long façade as a cylindrical gallery rotunda. The three-story limestone rotunda with exposed stairs, curving balconies, elevator core, reversed-cone ceiling, and clerestory windows are the central volume in the composition."

A preweathered finish on 12,000-sq.-ft. of materials was used: 0.8 mm standing seam roof and 1.5 mm Rheinzink 33 system wall panels.

The primary rectilinear mass is clad with a combination of smooth gray limestone and textured green granite in contrast to the Rheinzink panels of the screening room, conference tower and elevator core. The industrial steel window system has a powder-coated finish and is glazed with gray tinted and ceramic frit glass. Entrance railings and miscellaneous trim are in stainless steel.

Architect Luiza Zlatovic, who works for Rheinzink and was a liaison with Gwathmey Siegel on the project, told Snips this was a difficult and challenging project to carry out, "A very complex design where none of the walls are totally straight."

There are several areas where panels are curved - "It was quite a challenge," she said. "We were always wondering, is it a quarter of an inch or is it an eighth of an inch? It was difficult to get exact dimensions." But she said she is very satisfied with the finished results.

Besides the pleasing exterior visual appearance, the materials are durable and long-lasting, with no worry of rust or discoloration, she said. And the color of the metal blends well with the stone and granite used, complementing it rather than calling attention to itself.