The Chrysalis is a multi-purpose pavilion, sculpture, and performance center designed by Marc Fornes with Living Design Lab. Zahner manufactured and installed the exterior structure and skin system.
With its name, The Chrysalis pays homage to the larval transitionary stage of a butterfly. With its form, The Chrysalis references the low-lying cypress tree seen in the eastern United States marshland. Its enormous roots provide the structural capability for a sweeping array of performances and events. The venue attracts large productions while also providing an intimate space for smaller gatherings.
Zahner worked with a number of collaborators on this project - not only the artist and architect but also the owner (a nonprofit board run entity) as well as a team of sub contractors and landscape architects. Successful team communication and structural testing took place through robust digital parametric modeling tools.
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