Highland Park Community Center Signage

The Highland Park Community Center of Minneapolis hired LSE Architects to create a design for its new addition. Zahner was brought into the project to provide the building's artistic signage system. The goal of the project was to create a signage system which both state the title of the community center, and also relates to the surrounding community and region. 

To meet this challenge, LSE Architects provided imagery of the meandering Mississippi River from a birds-eye view where it crosses the city. This landmark was overlapped with several sections of street layout for the city itself. 

The design was made using 1/8” aluminum with an Angel Hair finish. The artwork spans approximately 12’ x 24’ and consists of twenty seamless panels. Zahner’s Angel Hair surface was developed to soften the high reflectivity of standard finishes of stainless steel making it a perfect choice for signage.

The project used minimal fabrication with no brakes or further fabrication, each the perforated panels were face-fastened onto a steel subframe provided by others. 

With the recent addition of ImageWall to ShopFloor, Zahner's in-browser suite of fabrication design software, a wide range of architects and designers now can access to the same powerful image-based perforation technology that Zahner developed over the past twenty years.

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Detail of the perforated metal signage for Highland Park Community Center.

How to Create Image-based Perforation on Metal

The designers used an image graphic created using photo-editing tools, which was then uploaded into the ImageWall software made by ShopFloor, a software suite introduced in 2014 by Zahner.

Imagewall uses Zahner’s ZIRA (Zahner Interpretive Relational Algorithm) to translate a desired image into bumps and halftone cut outs that can then be embossed and perforated into a selected metal. The image is not restricted to text or shapes but can be photographs as well. Furthermore, ImageWall allows the customer to design and experiment with specifications while being given a real time estimate.

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Highland Park Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Highland Park Community Center signage, photographed at Dusk.
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Highland Park Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Detail of the ImageWall Perforated Metal Signage used for Highland Park in Minnesota.
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Detail of the ImageWall Metal Perf on Highland Park Community Center.
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Highland Park Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Highland Park Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Highland Park Community Center.
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Highland Park Community Center Signage perforation pattern detail.
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Highland Park Community Center Signage.
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Highland Park Community Center Signage.
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Highland Park Community Center Signage.