Frankfurt am Main, DE
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 various components. The plan is golden section. The architectural skin comprises a light metal frame with glass infill panels. The resulting composition is controlled, measured and precise, qualities integral to the company’s manufacturing operation.
The machine aesthetic metaphor is disseminated through the sculptural articulation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, all of which are designed to be powered by the scheme’s geothermal heat-well, buried in the ground adjacent to the building.
Translucent cast glass walls allow daylight to permeate into the centralized service spine that houses the technical infrastructure and kitchen. A folded steel plate staircase, fabricated by the client, connects the two levels. A compact plan allocates the offices to the exterior, providing views of the neighbouring woodland area. Sun glare is subtlety managed through the use of 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.
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US