LOUVER SURFACE IN AGED COPPER—SQUARE TILE PATTERN
Louver Surface is a product prototype for a new category of perforated metal panel. A Louver Surface panel is a metal sheet, laser cut to produce an array of metal tabs and louvers. Once cut, the louvers can be robotically bent to produce custom transparency, articulation, and open-air values.
Louver Surface is an advancement on Zahner’s textured panel technique used on projects like the Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech designed by Morphosis or the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center at UT Dallas designed by Overland Partners. Unlike those projects—which were composed of a grid of tabs suspended in a frame – the entire face of Louver Surface can be articulated. Below are various levels of articulation.
IMAGELINES PANEL DETAIL PUNCHED IN GOLD INTERFERENCE COATED STAINLESS STEEL
With ImageLines, perforations are positioned by an array of customizable lines/curves, while perforation size is driven by a source image (like ImageWall). These curves or “brushstrokes” can be used to emphasize elements of the source image or respond to architectural features, building programming, wayfinding, and so much more.
Zahner’s ImageWall system has provided architects with the ability to create image based custom-perforated metal panels for many years. Now, Zahner Labs is developing an exciting twist with ImageLines—an additional customization for generating perforated images. Upload an image to our configurator and see how ImageLines takes perforated facades to the next level.
BEAD ROLLED FORMS IN COLOR SHIFTING COIL COATED ALUMINUM
Sheet metal is available in a variety of thicknesses, but even the thickest are relatively “floppy” until formed into a shape. Like a piece of paper, sheet metals can be formed, folded, and cut into many different shapes.
Adding to a sheet’s cross section stiffens the sheet and helps maintain flatness. Bead Rolling is a ‘wheeling’ technique used to selectively emboss/deboss sheet materials to increase part rigidity. The result is a panel with material properties that are visualized through geometry – the more shape, the stronger the panel becomes. Wheeling, however, offers designers the opportunity to explore formed sheet metal parts without the costs typically associated with stamping and other metal forming techniques.