Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus by Elkus Manfredi

The Neiman Marcus in Natick, Massachusetts is the store's Flagship property featuring a billowing facade designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects in Boston. The entire surface of the building is wrapped in a stainless steel curtain, a feature which flows throughout and into the building in the same style.

Elkus Manfredi Architects designed the facade's undulations with perspective in mind. When travelers drive by, the structure appears animated and kinetic, an effect caused by the way the facade curves in and out. Zahner worked with the architects to design a curving facade panel system that is both aesthetically powerful as well as economically effective.

Zahner produced the ZEPPS™ Structure which allows the stainless steel skins on the surface to flow evenly across the metal. The ZEPPS™ Process is what gives architects the ability to produce any shape or form with exact efficiency.  The curvilinear system attaches to an otherwise rectilinear building.  The skin is actually three different tones of colored stainless steel.

Two of these tones were formed by a electro-chemical process which permanently changes the tone of stainless steel. Zahner has used this process for several other projects, including the Contemporary Jewish Museum which has a dark blue interference coating and a cross-fire brushed pattern. Interference stainless steel was also used on the The EMP Museum, The Meyer Fletcher Residence, and the Royals Crown at Kauffman Stadium.

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