Ian Shaw Architekten

Ian Shaw Architekten

Frankfurt am Main, DE


Herkules Pittsburgh

Meticulous detailing and geometric rigour define this well engineered glazed box, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The building houses the US administrative headquarters of the Herkules Group, a world leader in the manufacture of roll machining equipment.

A skeletal steel structure organizes the build. The architectural skin comprises a light metal frame with glass infill panels, generating a facade composition that is controlled, measured and precise.

The sculptural articulation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems - all of which have the capacity to be powered by the building’s geo-thermal heat well - reflects the project’s no-nonsense industrial aesthetic. Further examples of this include the folded steel plate staircase, which was fabricated by the client; and the translucent glass walls that allow daylight to permeate into the central service spine housing the technical infrastructure and kitchen.

Spatially, a compact plan allocates the offices to the exterior, providing views of the neighbouring woodland area. Sun glare is subtlety managed with semi transparent screens. The roof sign, a reference to typical American industrial architecture, is visible from the highway close-by and serves to locate the building in its surroundings.

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Status: Built
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US


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