The Tacoma Art Museum in downtown Tacoma, Washington

The new Tacoma Art Museum opened in 2003, doubling it's square footage from the old museum and creating new flexible gallery space for it's collection. The collection is primarily composed of traditional works and artwork by Northwest artists. The new building was designed by Antoine Predock, an acclaimed architect with whom Zahner has worked with on numerous occasions.

A particularly interesting part of the project is the 'Stone wave' designed by Richard Rhodes of Rhodes Architectural Stone. This courtyard features a concave stone floor which uses mirror-finish stainless to reflect itself in multiplicity. From certain angles, these reflections generate the illusion of sharp, light waves on water.

Predock was inspired by the water and quality of light in Tacoma, which lead him to envision a space “with an element of the Northwest, very quiet and contemplative.” Richard Rhodes brings this vision to life by introducing the element of water and creating a sense of movement with a rigid material. “It is exciting to shape a hard, organic material so that it appears liquid' -- an effect that Zahner finds particularly exciting.

The building features several of Zahner's proprietary systems and processes, including the Inverted Seam Wall and Roof panel system. Use of the Inverted Seam system provides insulation, rain screen, and water-channeling, all on a minimal surface. The surface of the museum includes 36,000 square feet of 14ga. Stainless Steel with a Shadow finished surface.

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The Tacoma Art Museum in downtown Tacoma, Washington.
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Parking for the Tacoma Art Museum in downtown Tacoma, Washington.
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Entry for the Tacoma Art Museum in downtown Tacoma, Washington.
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View of the Tacoma Art Museum from across the Internstate in Tahoma.
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Detail of the stainless steel facade of the Tacoma Art Museum.
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The Tacoma Art Museum in downtown Tacoma, Washington.
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The Tacoma Art Museum in downtown Tacoma, Washington.