Ian Shaw Architekten

Ian Shaw Architekten

Frankfurt am Main, DE


Kantine - Herkules Maschinenfabrik

Engineered to an exacting standard, three identical light wells generate an arresting source of natural light, animating what was once a dreary, non-descript canteen into a new, versatile space, providing not only a much-improved dining experience for the company's workforce, but also a gallery facility for design and award presentations.

From a logistical standpoint, the prefabrication of the light wells ensured minimal disruption to the company's operation during their installation - just one working day for the old roof to be demolished and replaced with the new structure, incorporating not only the three 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 circular vents evenly spaced around the top edge of each lightwell.

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