Frankfurt am Main, DE
This scheme’s abstract form references the classic garage format with forecourt. The simple steel frame structure is clad in translucent panels to reduce energy consumption and facilitate productivity. At night, the workshop functions as a light beacon, illuminating the main entrance to the industrial complex. Internally, the building’s skin delivers a diffused light, creating a relaxed environment in which to work, uncluttered by the visual harshness of the industrial surroundings.
In addition to its high insulation, light diffusing and signage properties, the translucent panelling’s sub-structural configuration sits comfortably within the horizontal grid pattern articulated by the mainframe and mullions. These elements combine to accentuate the workshop’s distinctive cantilevered roof form and ground the building in its location.
The office space is configured in concrete, its weight stabilising the main structure. This eliminates the need for external cross bracing, thereby ensuring the clarity of the design and its architectural 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.