Location: Emek Hefer
Status: Completed 2012
Size: 4000 sqm
Usage: Manufacturing plant, advanced testing facilities and offices
About the Project
Architecture that challenges the gray tin structures and defines a new type of “human” industrial buildings.
David Deby’s headquarters includes a manufacturing plant, advanced testing facilities and offices in the Emek Hefer industrial zone. In this project, the concept of planning and design is an architectural creation that reflects the manufacturer’s specialty: integrating aluminum and glass cladding systems with precise connection elements and implementing innovative installation technologies. All these create a high-quality construction envelope so that the building itself becomes a showroom.
The project consists of two main functions: production hall and headquarters offices. These two functions are completely different from each other but require a daily interface of joint activity. This duality was translated into a simple architectural language: we used identical cladding materials for the two functions, however, the design of the masses, the color and the method of cladding differ them from each other.
The cladding materials we have selected are aluminum sheets, glass plates and stainless-steel fittings. We also used these both for the factory and for the office wing. The office wing was designed as a separate mass, partially a large console resting on a red glass wall marking the main entrance to the building. The details of the connection of the aluminum sheets in the office wing are different from the corrugated sheet that covers the plant. The contrast creates a dynamic envelope and the building looks different from all angles.
We positioned the factory facing north so that the screen wall instills pleasant daylight into the production and assembly halls. This transparency continues in connecting the ground floor to the outside. Glass has been used extensively in order not to close the plant’s impressive space that contain all the necessary functions. The transparent main shaft, the glass railings and the large display cabinets maintain the large space and provide an unprecedented broad line of sight in such plants.
The glass walls create an open and inviting structure, in contrast to the closed and sealed approach that is associated with traditional factories and industrial buildings. Through its design, the structure expresses material and structural wealth using materials sold in the factory – aluminum and glass. Those staying in the building enjoy a spectacular display of the abilities and qualities of using these two materials, creating outward appearance, pleasant accommodations for employees inside the building and between the masses, as well as meeting the functional needs of unloading, manufacturing and transporting goods. Architecture challenges the opaque dark gray tin structures and defines a new type of “human” industrial buildings adapted to accommodate visitors and plant workers while maintaining maximum functionality.