Yes the cladding is metal the design was changed from glass to metal. There was durability concerns and how the glass will look after time. Also the glass wouldn’t have looked as good as it was made from multiple pieces. I also hear the paint is automotive grade.
Installation will take time do.
I'm optimistic on the framing – I think it's going to add some texture and depth to an already well-proportioned podium. As much as I was looking forward to the glass, now that I see photos of the mock-up, I'm on team metal. The glass had a nice gloss and colour to it, but the framing makes it look shoddy somehow. The tapered metal fins feel much more elegant.