When valve manufacturers ARCA-Regler purchased a plot of land in a residential neighborhood in Germany, they set about planning an office and production facility that wouldn’t intrude on the local architecture. Designed by Anin Jeromin Fitilidis and Partners, the mixed-use facility is segmented into two parts that curve inoffensively out of the landscape. The double-skinned façade provides a comfortable and energy-efficient working environment.
Located along a disused railway, the glimmering aerodynamic building reflects ARCA’s high tech design identity while furthering its environmental interests. The front portion of the building has walls of floor-to-ceiling glass which flood the offices housed in the interior with natural light from all sides.
The curvaceous metal skin which wraps around the glass is perforated on the sides to filter the sunlight. The exterior layer of the skin is printed with a pattern designed to mitigate the building’s solar exposure. 55% of the surface is printed, which gives the skin an air of transparency while protecting the interior from solar gain. The skin also extends beyond the interior box of glass, providing shelter from rain and wind for employees to take a break year round. The solid, metallic section of the complex mimics the curvature of the double skinned office, and it houses ARCA’s production facility.
Anin Jeromin Fitilidis and Partners’ resulting facility is an environmentally conscious and modern looking headquarters that keeps the residential area from looking too industrial.