Frankfurt am Main, DE
The use of light as a building element, defining space and animating form, is central to the project.
Three bespoke lightwells articulate the scheme. What was once a dreary, non-descript room is now a visually engaging facility, used not only as a canteen but also as a gallery for design and award presentations.
The golden section ratio was utilised to determine the size of the skylights. Engineered to an exacting standard, these generate an arresting source of natural light, while their prefabrication meant time on site was kept to a minimum - just one working day for the old roof to be demolished and replaced with the new structure, incorporating not only the lightwells but also a concealed air conditioning unit. Fresh air enters the space via an elegant linear channel inscribed into the ceiling; warm stale air is extracted via a series of small holes, evenly spaced around the top edge of each lightwell.
The lighting theme continues in the entrance hall. A well-proportioned stainless steel plane sits authoritatively within the glazed entranceway. During the day, the reflectivity of the material animates the ambient light conditions. At night, its underside is bathed in the company’s corporate blue, courtesy of the LED lighting recessed into the floor plinth.
Location: Meuselwitz, DE
Additional Credits: All images courtesy of Ian Shaw Architekten BDA RIBA