Frank Gehry Horse Head Conference Room at Princeton University
Zahner worked for long-time partner Frank Gehry to construct the original "horse head" sculpture and conference room, which now is on display at Princeton University.
Sheets of lead were hammer-formed over a plywood structure which encases a semi-private meeting space for students at Princeton University, pictured below. This was the first use of the horse motif by Frank Gehry. He would later produce a nearly identical form for the DG Bank building in Berlin nearly twice the size.
World-Architects' John Hill profiled the sculpture at Princeton University in 2015, and discussed some of the history of the project.
“Yet Gehry did not design the sculptural "horse's head" piece for Princeton, or as a conference room. It was to be a small part of a huge 22,000-square-foot (2,044-sm) residence for Peter B. Lewis in Lyndhurst, Ohio, but after ten years of numerous iterations the project was cancelled. Luckily a mockup, framed in wood and covered in lead, found a second life in the Icahn Lab, providing a suitable contrast to Rafael Viñoly's curved glass wall and two-story atrium.”
— John Hill, World Architects
Designed by Gehry Partners, the Peter B. Lewis Building is a five-storey facility named for the Cleveland philanthropist who donated $36.9 million for its construction. The decentralized design is intended to facilitate informal interaction among faculty and students.The 22 ga stainless steel surface resembles an undulating, unbroken ribbon. Finished in #4 satin, the surface is more reflective than Angel Hair or GB-60 but less diffuse than a mirror-finish.Using the Zahner proprietary flat seam system, each shingle was custom formed to create an interlocking, tessellated pattern.