USA Today’s 10best.com has nominated the Petersen as a contender for its Best Transportation Museum Reader’s Choice award. The winning museums will be selected by popular vote. Help put this incredible museum over the top by casting your vote now. Your participation will help further the Museum’s mission to explore and present the history of the automobile in the new and greatly improved building.
Projects with Zahner often come about as the result of placing limitless possibility in the hands of a design team. One challenge is to create a building that not only reflects the spirit of its community, but also redefines the space and its surroundings.Situated on Los Angeles’ famous Miracle Mile, the newly renovated Petersen Automotive Museum has achieved a great feat of branding while creating open spaces which invite community engagement. The design encased the building in a red-painted corrugated aluminum wall system. This red rainscreen facade acts as the backdrop for a series of stainless steel structural ribbons. These were design-engineered, manufactured, and installed by Zahner.Designed by KPF Associates and working under Matt Construction in Los Angeles, Zahner started the design work under a Design Assist contract. The designers at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) worked with Zahner over a decade ago on the IBM Headquarters, and after a recent visit to the Zahner HQ, were inspired by the possibilities.
About the Museum
Situated on Los Angeles’ famous Miracle Mile, the Petersen Automotive Museum encases a red painted aluminum rainscreen whose custom corrugated profile wraps the existing structure.
The building includes several patented Zahner technologies and methodologies which were used in the renovated building’s construction: ZEPPS, a Zahner-patented system for designing and manufacturing the building’s curved forms; the Angel Hair, a Zahner-patented surfacing applied to the building's stainless steel skins; and Design Assist, Zahner’s method for developing complex projects into factory-produced realities.
The project also includes an ImageWall custom perforated metal screen which continues the architect’s design as a perforated metal graphic across the building’s parking structure.
Read more about Zahner’s involvement on the Petersen Automotive Museum.