Parking Garage Structures for Architecture

What was once an overlooked aspect of architecture--the parking structure--has become an icon of architectural innovation. Engineers and fabricators at Zahner strive to produce unique architectural facades while meeting environmental and low-energy building guidelines.

Zahner provides limitless surface options for parking garage facades, from perforated surfaces to metal and glass fin — or creating something unique with louvered perforation or custom fins.

These open air metal systems provide the advantage of a safe enclosed space while allowing for proper airflow. In this way, designers can develop parking garages which meet code requirements without sacrificing aesthetics.

Custom parking facade for the WRNS Studio-designed UCSF Parking Structure.
Custom parking facade for the WRNS Studio-designed UCSF Parking Structure.


The surface of a parking garage's facade is a like a blank canvas, but its specifications require a certain percentage of openings to provide ventilation for cool air and carbon monoxide. Perforated metal panel systems provide an innovative way to meet parking garage airflow requirements; Zahner's image perforation capabilities provide visual intrigue.

In the early 2000's, Zahner began working with Herzog & de Meuron on a major new building for the de Young Museum. This structure was the first to employ ZIRA, the patented Zahner technology for creating images across metal panels. Zahner developed an algorithm to translate images onto metal surfaces with perforation and bumped impressions. This process allows designers to create an image or an abstract pattern across the surface of metal. 

Zahner has completed a number of systems for a variety of architectural teams, pictured here. View examples of parking systems, or contact Zahner to learn how your design can be achieved with Zahner.