Frankfurt am Main, DE
Workshop Siegen's distinctive form references the classic garage format with forecourt. The simple steel frame structure is fitted with fibreglass translucent panels to provide energy-efficient insulation and a softly diffused light inside, the latter feature facilitating productivity by creating a calm and relaxed environment in which to work. At night, the workshop functions as a light beacon, illuminating the main entrance to the industrial complex.
In addition to the panelling's insulation, light diffusing and signage properties, its sub-structural configuration, comprising as it does a series of delicate horizontal seams, animates the grid like composition, as articulated by the mainframe and mullions. Collectively, these details accentuate the building’s dramatic cantilevered canopy.
Internally, a concrete box, housing the office and washroom facilities, stabilizes the main structure via a series of horizontal and vertical steel struts. These eliminate the need for external cross bracing, so preserving the aesthetic clarity of the architecture and its 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.