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Herkules Machine Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Ian Shaw Architekten

 
November 8th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Ian Shaw Architekten

This classic example of the machine aesthetic houses the US administrative headquarters for the HerkulesGroup, a world leader in the manufacture of roll machining equipment.

Image Courtesy © Ian Shaw Architekten

  • Architects: Ian Shaw Architekten
  • Project: Herkules Machine Factory
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Image Courtesy © Ian Shaw Architekten

Meticulous detailing and geometric rigour define this well engineered glazed box, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A skeletal steel structure organizes the various building components. The plan is golden section. The architectural skin comprises a light metal frame format with glass infill panels. The resulting composition is controlled, measured and precise, very much reflecting qualities integral to the Herkules manufacturing operation.

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The machine aesthetic metaphor is visibly disseminated through the sculptural articulation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, all of which can be powered by the scheme’s geothermal heat-well buried in the ground adjacent to the building.

Image Courtesy © Ian Shaw Architekten

Translucent cast glass walls allow daylight to permeate into the centralized service spine, which houses the technical infrastructure and kitchen. A folded steel plate staircase, fabricated by the client, connects the two levels. A compact plan allocates the offices to the exterior, providing views of the neighbouring woodland area. Sun glare is subtlety managed through the use of semi transparent screens.

The roof sign, a reference to typical American industrial architecture, is visible from the highway close-by and serves to locate the building in its surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Ian Shaw Architekten

Image Courtesy © Ian Shaw Architekten

Image Courtesy © Ian Shaw Architekten

Image Courtesy © Ian Shaw Architekten

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