In 2013, Zahner began working with architects Leong Leong, Iwamoto Scott Architecture, and the artist John Baldessari on a massive tryptic at the scale of multi-story parking structures. Led and developed by Dacra whose development of the Design District is making waves. In an article by Ina Cordle and Katherine Kallergis, the building is described in detail:
“Giving a futuristic vibe, a series of wavy, gold, titanium-coated, stainless steel panels surround the western exterior of the Design District’s second garage, set to open in March.
City View Garage, visible from I-195, is a collaboration between award-winning design firms Leong Leong and Iwamoto Scott that will add 559 parking spaces to Miami’s Design District — an area formerly dependent on street and valet parking.”
Leong Leong Facade
Part of a sweeping development of the Buena Vista neighborhood in Miami envisioned by Craig Robins of Dacra, the Western facade for the City View Garage was designed by Leong Leong for Miami Design District, conceived by office director Christopher Leong.The Miami City View Garage is a parking structure which brought together three unique facades all under one roof. Working with Brad Giresi and Vernon Jones of Tim Haas Architects + Engineers, the three facade teams are: Leong Leong (featured here), artist John Baldessari, and IwamotoScott Architects. The teams met with Zahner and developed architectural models and mockups before moving into production. Each facade had its own design challenges, which is where Zahner's engineering and fabrication team played a technical role.
IwamotoScott, City View Garage
A geometric display of varying blue-toned aluminum skins adorns the Southeastern facade of the City View Garage in the Miami Design District. Designed by IwamotoScott Architecture, the Zahner-manufactured facade was developed in Kansas City and shipped as nesting parts to the job site in Miami, Florida. Zahner field installers hung the panels.Sited along the Southern edge of the Miami Design District adjacent to I-195, the parking structure is part of a larger plan to bring arts, luxury, and culture into the new district. The main body of the building is a parking structure above a level of retail storefront and includes a small six story office block.The building's design averted the need for industrial ventilation of the parking area. IwamotoScott met this challenge with a modular decorative metal screen, whose mechanically-folded aluminum system features variously sized apertures to provide the required porosity for natural ventilation.
Zahner’s scope included engineering, fabricating and installing each of the distinct facades by the three respective creators. The project was substantially completed in 2015.