Dayton Residence in Vail, Colorado
The Dayton Residence is a private mountain home conceived by the architects at James Dayton Design in Minneapolis. Completed in 2009, the project began as a renovation of an existing 70’s ski lodge and expanded into a new construction.
Zahner developed details and provide Solanum Steel, Zahner's exclusive darkened weathering steel panel system. The variegated material provides improved performance over Cor-ten steel, which has a tendency to stain adjacent surfaces. Zahner provided engineering, fabrication, delivery, and installation for the project.
Solanum Steel is a pre-oxidized weathering steel (Corten) surface developed by Zahner. The surface is produced by accelerating the natural weathering process and stabilizing the result. Solanum Steel provides artists, architects and designers with a range of resonant tones on an enduring surface.One of the well recognized challenges of using steel in architecture is its propensity for the material to rust or oxidize. Although there are many who appreciate the visual nature of the warm hues of weathering steel, nobody likes it when the material's color bleeds onto other surfaces. The Zahner preweathered steel process reduces the material's tendency to stain adjacent surfaces.