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 build. The architectural skin comprises a light metal frame with glass infill panels; this generates a facade composition that is controlled, measured and precise.
The sculptural articulation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems - all of which are designed to be powered by the geothermal heat-well, buried in the ground adjacent to the building - reflects the project’s functional, no-nonsense industrial aesthetic. Further examples of this include the folded steel plate staircase, connecting the two levels, which was fabricated by the client; and the translucent glass walls that allow daylight to permeate into the central service spine, which houses 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.
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US