Morimoto in New York City
A red curtain displaying traditional Japanese noren hangs in the custom entrance for the Morimoto, a Japanese restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The facade, manufactured by Zahner in Kansas City, brings a custom touch to an otherwise standard shingle. Its blackened zinc patina on galvanized steel is both classic and modern, as is its corrugated facade.
The restaurant, named for and run by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, is designed by Stephanie Goto and Tadao Ando. This upscale Chelsea bar and restaurant is just a few steps from the South end of the High Line Park in lower Manhattan.
Zahner produced the exterior, a blackened galvanized steel corrugating wall with a wide opening for its entrance. The facade's matte appearance is a feature of its natural patina. The system that Zahner designed with the architecture team uses a face-fastener which add an industrial aesthetic.
Blackened steel refers to a number of techniques which can be used to produce a blackened finish on steels. Among the processes include chemical baths and finishes, cold-coatings, hot-coatings with various levels of success. In many architectural uses, blackened steel may refer to galvanized steel with a blackened zinc patina oxide.