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Perfectly Perforated

31 Inspirational Projects featuring Custom Perforated Metal.

It was just over ten years ago that perforated metal entered into a new era, a golden age for metal imagery created through selective perf. For many years, perforated metal was an industrial product. Today, perforated metal is part of a new renaissance. Over the early 1990's, patterned usage of perforated metal began to appear. At the time, the pattern were limited by programming. It wasn't until the early two-thousands, when Herzog & de Meuron designed the de Young Museum, that perforated metal would truly enter into its own.Below is a listing of 31 inspirational examples of custom perforated metal, each manufactured by Zahner, which show how far the medium of perforated metal has grown — and also how much room there is for it to grow.

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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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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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Engineered Roofing

Custom roof systems developed by Zahner benefit from a century of experience and a passion for developing high quality details and solutions. Engineers and fabricators at Zahner approach each roof with a patience for the particulars the building's local environment, the designer's aesthetic, and the client's vision.

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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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We want to create without stifling the art.

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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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