Randall Stout first worked with Zahner to produce the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since then, his firm Randall Stout Architects worked with Zahner on projects across North America, including the Art Gallery of Alberta in Canada, and the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia.
Mr. Stout was enormously influential on Zahner’s processes and materials, transforming the company’s mindset towards constructing complex structures and material surface exploration. His contribution toward the field of architecture and his dedication to green initiatives paved the way for artists and architects who are now making their mark around the world. His impact on the engineers and artisans at Zahner continues to be significant.
The Dream Downtown Hotel in New York City
The Dream Downtown Hotel, designed by Handel Architects, features a Zahner engineered custom façade and window system. To mitigate glare, the stainless steel is custom finished to medium reflectivity. The perforated ZIRA system lends an element of visual interest and added rainscreen functionality.
Zahner was selected to collaborate on the project due to the complexity of engineering required. The architect’s drawings outlined dozens of circular windows to be cut into the façade, mirroring parts of the preserved historic building, originally designed by Albert Ledner.