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ZIRA™ - 29 Pages

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The ZIRA™ Technology -translate your image to metal. ZIRA is the powerful engineering software we developed for creating images in a surface. We hold the U.S. patent on this technology, and we’ve used it to create expressive surfaces for visionary designers all over the world. With ZIRA, you can upload your image into the design, realized not only as bumps and perforations, but also any conceivable method of alterring a surface. ZIRA is truly a plastic tool, allowing the innovative force of the designer to influence the possibilities of our fabrication process.

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ZIRA™ / Index of Projects Featured Projects Featured in this booklet are several projects which use the ZIRA Technology. The versatile process is used to create visual surfaces using metal proceses. Featured are several uses, from organic designs, to artwork, and signage. (Click on the project to jump to page) © 2015 Zahner® — All rights reserv

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ZIRA™ / Art Wall at Doha The Art Wall at Doha The Art Wall at Doha integrates the drawings of artist Jan Hendrix with the archirtectural design of famed Mexican architects Legorreta y Legorreta, both of which closely worked with Zahner to develop both the ZIRA™ imagery and the structural engineering and frameworks which support the entire surface. Zahner engineered and produced the painted aluminum plate and panels in Kansas City and shipped the completed pieces Doha, Qatar, where local installers placed the large metal plates on both the interior and exterior frameworks. The project involves...

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ZIRA™ / Art Wall at Doha The Art Wall at Doha Any image, photograph, drawing, or pattern can be translated to the metal surface across thousands of panels using our ZIRA™ technology. Jan Hendrix’s Art Wall at Doha (Pictured) features 1/2” thick painted aluminum plate that was water jet cut to the artist’s original design. The pattern continues as one single image around the entire courtyard. The Parametric Relationship Note on both this image and subsequent imagery, that the artist’s drawing continues from panel to panel and even around corners without interuption. We call this the Parametric...

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ZIRA™ / Art Wall at Doha Art Wall at Doha: Process The images above show the artist’s process for the project. Clockwise from top-left: Jan Hendrix in his studio; Original detail of painting by Jan Hendrix; full-size paper mockup of the artist’s design; cad systematizing of the panelization; production and fabrication of the artwork in the Zahner shop.

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ZIRA™ / Art Wall at Doha Art Wall at Doha Credits: Artist: Jan Hendrix. Architect: Legorreta & Legorreta. Contractor: Tadmor Contracting. Client: Qatar Petroleum Foundation. Start of design assist October 26, 2008. Project completion June, 2010. © 2015 Zahner® — All rights reserv

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ZIRA™ / Kauffman Stadium Kauffman Stadium The home of the Royals in Kansas City was recently revamped with a new design by the architects at Populous. The project features a massive perforated facade which reveals the the “Royals” logo.

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ZIRA™ / Kauffman Stadium Kauffman Stadium (Detail) The logo was supplied by the client, and Zahner ran it through a series of proprietary programs designed for rapid The Kauffman Stadium features two systems applied to the metal surface: MetaBump™ and MetaPerf™ processes were each applied to the stainless steel to create the "Royals" logo across the © 2015 Zahner® — All rights rese

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ZIRA™ / Kauffman Stadium Kauffman Stadium Credits Architect: Populous. Client: Jackson County Sports Authority. Project completion April, 2010. © 2015 Zahner® — All rights reserved.

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ZIRA™ / De Young Museum The de Young Museum In 2001, Herzog & de Meuron approached Zahner to produce the surface of a massive new museum in San Francisco. The old de Young had fallen into disrepair, and the architects had recently won the competition to redesign it. The architects desired a variably perforated screen exterior which would mirror the green foliage and forestry of the surrounding Golden Gate Park. Zahner worked to understand the architect’s intent, and together the team determined that a natural bright copper surface would evolve over time, oxidizing, darkening, and eventually emerging...

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ZIRA™ / De Young Museum Color Shift Green Metal Natural mill finish copper was installed on the de Young with the knowledge that the material would slowly evolve into red, browns, blues, and greens. Within weeks, much of the surface had begun to darken. The surface of the metal features a highly precise alternating pattern of bumps and dimples. These indentations on the metal surface vary in depth and diameter. The ZIRA™ Process determines these variations based on the designer’s selected imagery. This picture was taken at the end of 2010. Five years after the project was completed, streaks of...

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ZIRA™ / De Young Museum The de Young Museum The architects provided imagery of foliage (left) for many of the perforated areas of the museum. This imagery was translated through the ZIRA™ Technology. The images below are of the Children’s Entry at the de Young during construction.

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ZIRA™ / De Young Museum De Young Museum Credits: © 2015 Zahner® — All rights reserved. Architect: Herzog & de Meuron. General Contractor: Swinerton Builders. Owner: The Corporation of Fine Art Museums. Project completion 20

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ZIRA™ / SFMTA Kiosks SFMTA Kiosks Designed by architects at Lundberg Design for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, these two ticket booths provide entry onto the cable car kiosks which traverse the city. The architects wanted to wrap the top of the booth with imagery of the historic cable cars. This effect was elegantly achieved by perforating the surface of stainless steel to create the light and dark tonal values of the original photographs. © 2015 Zahner® — All rights reserv

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ZIRA™ / SFMTA Kiosks SFMTA (Detail) Zahner was brought on by the architect to do the metalwork for the project. To achieve the mosaic-perforated imagery, the ZIRA™ Process was used, a system capable of not only translating the imagery to metal, but also ensuring panel-to-panel relational accuracy. This is crucial on a project such as this: The imagery is divided into a series of panels and wrapped around the sides of the small structure, so it was important that the perforations on each panel lined up with the next panel. © 2015 Zahner® — All rights rese

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