Pearl Marriott

Pearl District Marriott Residence Inn

The Pearl District is named for Portland's historic industrial buildings. Local businesses liken the urban district's buildings to oysters, whose hidden ‘pearls’ were the gallery and artists’ spaces contained within. The Pearl District Marriott Residence Inn, designed by SERA Architects , adds another hidden gem to the area.

Comprised of six stories, the Pearl District Residence Inn boasts 223 guestrooms. A series of custom perforated aluminum panels by Zahner provide privacy screens for the rooms and decorative shading along the front of the façade. These painted yellow screens also add an element of modernity to the surrounding historic warehouse structures, elevating the extended stay hotel from the typical guest experience.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
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Parametrically Designed Perforation and Embossing

When SERA Architects approached Zahner with their idea for the perforation pattern, it existed as a simple jpeg image of an evanescent starburst shape. Zahner’s team of design engineers used that image to create an algorithmic concept that mathematically defined each perforation. The process uses a customized ImageWall system to perforate imagery on the metal surface, and create subtle variation the building's screen wall.

During the design phase, there was active communication between Zahner and SERA Architects regarding parameters and variables. This exchange of ideas was essential to reach the final design. In order to make the gradation blend in a more nuanced, subtle manner, dithering was applied during the engineering process. Zahner also worked with the designers to create a series of embossed and debossed bumps, which added texture as well as rigidity to the panels. This additional rigidity means that the metal could be specified at a thinner gauge, reducing the material cost for the client.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © Ben Coffman.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © Ben Coffman.

During this design engineering process, files were exchanged between Zahner and the architects, along with several different iterations of samples. Once the final design was determined, the files went from design engineering into production engineering.

Streamlining Manufacture and Installation of Custom Perf

Perforations cross between each panel, disguising seams and creating coherency. Because steel fabricators were producing the frame to which Zahner’s panels would attach, coordination was very important.

The solution for attachment was to install a series of vertical aluminum Drop & Lock™ extrusions. These extrusions contain a grooved slot. Zahner’s trademarked locking panel has a tab which locks into this slot. Zahner's locking panels require no additional hardware or attachment methods, making for a straightforward install and no visible fasteners. Each panel was also labeled with a unique code, corresponding to its location on the building. This streamlined process enabled the local installers to position and fasten the panels with ease, reducing the schedule for the client.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © Ben Coffman.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © Ben Coffman.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © Ben Coffman.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © Ben Coffman.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © Ben Coffman.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © Ben Coffman.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © Ben Coffman.

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Pearl District Residence Inn Marriott in Portland, Oregon.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

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