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Hofmeister Office Building

The office building in Austria designed by Hertl Architekten looks like a log cabin, with its thin steel sheeting covering the entire volume like a second skin.A volume of three floors covered with a second skin. Of thin sheet steel filter the view, protecting the street and looks.

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A succinct body, placed in farmland dominated by the abbey of St. Florian, forms an inconspicuous three storey office building and makes use of the overview and the motorway junction.

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The given space allocation plan of the three storey building creates a huge depth of the building. The insertion of atria, placed at the building envelope, makes it possible to expose the central areas naturally.

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A subtle texture is build by room-high windows, arranged on the black facade. Vertical slats of flat steel enwrap the facade and the atria, which creates a spatial definition. The inside out view is filtered by the slats in a smooth way.

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Three hundred slats of flat steel in 10 millimeters dimension, lightly inclined and bent, create the face of building, similar to a structure of boles in wood. The rusty surface gives a whiff of naturalness.

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Project Data:

Project name: Hofmeister
Location: Pummerinfeld 1b, 4490 St. Florian, Austria
Coordinates: 48.210561, 14.398822
Type: Office Building
Planning Year: March 2008
Construction Year: May 2008 – October 2009
Completion Year: 2009

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Hofmeister Baumeister
Architects: Hertl Architekten – Pachergasse 17, 4400 Steyr, Austria
Project Architect: Gernot Hertl
Project Team: Margit Haider
Construction: Stahlbetonbauweise, WDVS-Lochfassade, Stahllamellen
Text Description: © Courtesy of Hertl Architekten
Images: © Walter Ebenhofer

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