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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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