Ian Shaw Architekten

Ian Shaw Architekten

Frankfurt am Main, DE


Workshop Siegen

Workshop Siegen's distinctive form references the classic garage format with forecourt. 

The design comprises a simple steel frame structure fitted with fibre glass translucent panels. These are specified not only for high thermal insulation but also for their ability to deliver a softly diffused light, facilitating productivity by creating a calm and relaxed environment in which to work. In addition, at night the building functions as a light beacon, illuminating the main entrance to the industrial complex. 

In addition, the fibre glass panel's sub-structural configuration, comprising a series of horizontal seams, animates the design's grid like composition, as articulated by the mainframe and mullions. Collectively, these details accentuate the dramatic cantilevered canopy.

Inside the building, the concrete box, housing the office and washroom facilities, stabilizes the main structure via a series of horizontal and vertical steel struts. This arrangement eliminates the need for external cross bracing, so preserving the aesthetic clarity of the design as a whole. Only standard industrial products were used in the making of Workshop Siegen.

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Status: Built
Location: Siegen, DE
Additional Credits: Photography by Felix Krumbholz.