Frankfurt am Main, DE
The scheme’s abstract form references the classic garage format with forecourt. Its simple steel frame structure is clad in translucent panels to reduce energy consumption and facilitate productivity. At night the workshop functions as a light beacon, illuminating the main entrance to the industrial complex.
Internally, the building’s skin delivers a diffused light. This creates a calm and relaxed environment in which to work, uncluttered by the visual harshness of the industrial surroundings.
In addition to the panelling’s high insulation, light diffusing and signage properties, its sub-structural configuration sits comfortably within the horizontal grid pattern, articulated by the mainframe and mullions. These elements accentuate the workshop’s distinctive cantilevered roof form, and in so doing ground the building in its location.
The office space is configured in concrete, its weight stabilising the main structure. This eliminates the need for external cross bracing, thereby preserving the clarity of the design and its architectural impact as a light beacon. Only standard industrial products were used in the making of Workshop Siegen.
Location: Siegen, DE
Additional Credits: All images courtesy of Ian Shaw Architekten. Photography by Felix Krumbholz.