Frank Gehry Partners has developed 16 featured projects with Zahner. Architects come to Zahner for the company’s commitment to developing the designer’s aesthetic to completion. Zahner worked with Frank Gehry Partners to develop their design into custom architectural systems, featured below.
Jimi Hendrix inspired the name, Frank Gehry designed the project, and Zahner produced the stunning curvilinear forms and structure. Residing in the shadow of the Seattle Space Needle, the Experience Music Project (now the Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP) was completed in 2000.Gehry’s unique design required a creative approach to engineering and fabrication. The Museum was one of the first projects to use ZEPPS, the Zahner-patented technology for producing curvilinear and complex structures. The process resulted in 3,300 unique structural assemblies clad in 21,000 sheets of metal for a total surface area of more than 140,000 square feet of curving metal. No two sheets and no two panel assemblies are the same.Surface techniques are similarly varied, and include Angel Hair stainless steel, red interference-coated stainless steel and fluorocarbon-coated aluminum.