Ian Shaw Architekten

Ian Shaw Architekten

Frankfurt am Main, DE


Kantine - Herkules Maschinenfabrik

Three identical lightwells generate an arresting source of natural light, transforming what was once a dreary, non-descript canteen into an atmospheric, versatile space.

From a logistical standpoint the prefabrication of the light-wells 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 new lighting 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 circular vents spaced around the top edge of each of the lightwells.

The lighting theme continues in the entrance hall, with a stainless steel canopy set within the glazed frontage. During the day, the canopy's reflectivity animates the ambient light conditions. While at night, its underside is bathed in the company’s corporate blue, courtesy of the LED lighting recessed into the floor plinth.

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Status: Built
Location: Meuselwitz, DE
Additional Credits: All images courtesy of Ian Shaw Architekten BDA RIBA