Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Workshop Siegen in Germany by Ian Shaw Architekten
March 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Ian Shaw Architekten
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 defused 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 defusing 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 cross bracing in the outer skin, 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.
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