Noisette Pavilion

Noisette Pavilion in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The Noisette bandshell at Point Pavilion at Riverfront Park Pavilion is a fast-track project completed in June 2005 with the architects at BNIM . Zahner designed, fabricated and installed the entire structure system, including all steel elements. The entire project was computer modeled using CAD Software.

Live performance at the Noisette Pavilion after completion

Live performance at the Noisette Pavilion after completion.

Using Design Assist to Build a Sculpture

This project was Design Assist intensive, meaning that Zahner played a collaborative role in the creation of the project. To facilitate structural analysis and fabrication constraints, a digital model was produced to serve as the Building Information Model for the duration of the project.

The main structure is made of 12” diameter galvanized steel pipe, rolled to a constant radius and cut to exact compound angles. The 3D model was utilized to produce templates of each cut. The welded frames were hot dipped galvanized post fabrication.

7/8” galvanized wire rope was strung between each frame to serve as a support for the perforated aluminum shading panels. The 3/16” aluminum panels were punched to a custom pattern as defined by the architect using MetaPerf to reflect woven baskets that are indigenous to the region.

From initial concept to completed erection, the process took a total of six months. The entire process was streamlined to provide the maximum value to the client and to meet the project budget and schedule.

Noisette CAD rendering

Noisette CAD rendering.

Weld inspection of the steel structure at Zahner headquarters in Kansas City

Weld inspection of the steel structure at Zahner headquarters in Kansas City.

Zahner's Tony Birchler and Wallace Engineering's Steve Huey test the structural load of the individual perforated panel mockup Zahner's Tony Birchler and Wallace Engineering's Steve Huey test the structural load of the individual perforated panel mockup

 

Zahner's Tony Birchler and Wallace Engineering's Steve Huey test the structural load of the individual perforated panel mockup.

Noisette during construction

Noisette during construction.

Detail of the Noisette metal panel system in North Charleston, SC

Detail of the Noisette metal panel system in North Charleston, SC.

Aerial view of the Noisette Pavilion in Charleston, SC

Aerial view of the Noisette Pavilion in Charleston, SC.

View of the shadows created by perforations from the aluminum panels overhead

View of the shadows created by perforations from the aluminum panels overhead.

Detail of the perforated aluminum plates on Noisette

Detail of the perforated aluminum plates on Noisette.

Structure of Noisette Pavilion, also designed-engineered and fabricated by Zahner

Structure of Noisette Pavilion, also designed-engineered and fabricated by Zahner.

Construction of Noisette as it nears completion

Construction of Noisette as it nears completion.

View of the sky through Noisette's perforated aluminum panels

View of the sky through Noisette's perforated aluminum panels.

Sunset at the Noisette Pavilion

Sunset at the Noisette Pavilion.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2005 — IPA Award for outstanding perforated metal
  • 2006 — Illuminating Engineering Society of North America - International Illuminations Design Awards, Capital Section Award
  • 2005 — AIA Young Architect’s Forum - Monsters of Design, Merit Award

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