Designed by Frank Gehry Partners for the New World Symphony Orchestra, Gehry's office was brought in by the client for their past work on musical venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles for which Zahner provided Design Assist consultation.
The New World Center signified a transition for Gehry's firm. While elements of his signature style can be found in various elements throughout, around, and even on top of the new building, the structure itself is simple.
Zahner's involvement with the New World Symphony is particular to a architectural metal accent in the atrium of the new building. Zahner used a similar interference metal surface on projects such as Antoine Predock's Tampa Museum of Science and Industry or Frank Gehry's Experience Music Project.
However, neither of these projects has quite the blue-green tonality of the architectural canopy produced for the New World Symphony. This is because the material selected for the project is an unusual architectural metal. The project's interior canopy is made in titanium, a surface which is known for both its expense, and its difficult workability.
Creating the Curves of the New World Symphony Bar
This iridescent canopy presents a good example of how ZEPPS can be used to construct smaller architectural elements as well as art and sculpture. ZEPPS enables quick installation because the entire project is pre-engineered for smart installation, and it also provides the architects and artists with a digital model, allowing changes to be made via international conference meetings on the internet.