”On a glaringly bright June afternoon in Kansas City, I find myself standing outside a factory building admiring the effects of the Missouri climate on panels of perforated copper. “When we were constructing this we had a severe ice storm in Kansas City,” says my tour guide, Paul Martin, a mechanical engineer who had helped design the panels. “After it melted away it had the most spectacular purples.” He points to the verdigris streaking in the cinnamon-colored surface. “The way water falls down copper…there’s no way to replicate it.”
This begins an eight-page story in Metropolis Magazine detailing how Zahner began its journal from a small-scale sheet metal factory into a company producing some of the most iconic architectural works in the United States — and the world at large.
Read the full story at Metropolis Magazine.
de Young Museum
Named for San Francisco newspaperman M. H. de Young, this building is a completely reworked redesign from the original museum, which opened in 1895 as an outgrowth of the California International Exposition of 1894. After the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 which completely ravaged the original building's structure, the de Young board began working to fund a restructuring of the building, and the resulting winner of the competition for its redesign in the late 1990's was acclaimed Swiss architects, Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron.Herzog & de Meuron developed the idea of a variably perforated screen exterior which would mirror the green foliage and forestry of the surrounding Golden Gate Park, San Francisco's central park. The architects worked with Zahner whose engineers and software specialists developed a system which would allow unique perforation and patterned dimples, variably sized and placed throughout the exterior. This included near 8000 unique facade panels — the collective whole which formed patterns of light as seen through trees. This was the first iteration of the Zahner Interpretive Relational Algorithmic Process, or the ZIRA Process.