disneyland theme park offices, Anaheim
A pillowed facade of iridescent green, blue and violet adorns the surface of the Team Disney building in Anaheim, California. Designed by Frank Gehry Partners, the building serves as the administrative offices of the Disneyland theme park.
Zahner provided the custom green interference-coated stainless steel. The iridescent surface changes from blue to green to violet when viewed at varying angles. The addition of an embossed diamond pattern creates a quilted, pillow-like effect.
At the time it was constructed, it was the largest green stainless steel surface ever produced. Completion of the structure marks the first time all administrative staff have been located in one facility since the park opened in 1955.
"We'll get more work done in the hallways than we did in the conference rooms. This finally brings it all together."
— Disneyland President Paul Pressler.
Interference Stainless Steel
Light Interference Coatings (LIC) on stainless steel provide a broad range of color which changes in various lights. From a deep blacks to bold bright colors, the light interference process brings a whole spectrum to stainless steel. The fine coating adds an aesthetic layer to the metal without sacrificing the innate high-performance qualities of stainless steel.There is no material in architectural use today that equals the iridescence produced by light interference on stainless steel. The effect is made by immersing the material in an acid bath, which forms a chromium oxide film layer on the surface. The acid bath produces interference colors by closely controlling the thickness of the chromium oxide film layer. This oxide film layer is clear, yet remarkable colors are produced by the physics of light interference.The colors generated are those obtainable by separation of the light spectrum. Light reflects off the dual surfaces, the surface of the metal and the surface of the oxide film. Depending on the thickness of the oxide film or the angle of the light reflecting back to the eye, different colors can be obtained. Portions of the light wave are enhanced in relation to other adjacent wavelengths, or portions are counteracted by the misalignment of these wavelengths.