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Passive Security in Architecture

Designing for security without sacrificing beauty.

The necessity of security is so intertwined in the history of the built environment that it may go back back to the roots of why we want to build in the first place. From the age-old castle typology to the earliest hill-forts, architecture has served to secure and protect since its humble beginnings.If you're designing a building for security, it's important to think about how your design's defenses can be met sustainably — and to also consider how these measures can be achieved without antagonizing its inhabitants. These are the challenges which passive security aims to solve: quietly protecting people — and without the ongoing maintenance and energy costs that traditional security entails. 

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Iconic Craft

From the use of aerospace engineering of curving facades to developing and applying patented technologies, innovation is at the core of Zahner. The museum-level craft and engineering that Zahner consistently provides can be found in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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Innovative Technology

Zahner has developed a wide-range of systems and capabilities which reflect the desires of artists, designers, and architects throughout our built environment.

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Canopy Fabrication: Custom Canopies

Custom canopies fabricated with Zahner engineering benefit from high-quality craft and attention to detail. Zahner engineers work with designers and contractors to develop integrated systems which meet a range of desired aesthetics, from historic restorations and filigree to contemporary geometric forms.

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Material Applications

Zahner has a rich history of materials. From aluminum to zinc, cast glass and ceramic bodies, Zahner engineers and fabricators interface with a wide range of materials. The company is a recognized expert in the metal industry, having written the textbook on architectural metal. Learn more about the materials that can be used with Zahner.

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Research & Discovery

We want to uncover and advance knowledge.

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We want to create without stifling the art.

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We provide tools to our clients to make them better at what they do.

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Experimental Research

Zahner research and development is focused on developing art and science-based innovations with sustainable environmental practices. New patina process development takes place in our award-winning, EPA compliant facility, ensuring that the art and technology of tomorrow benefits us all.

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