Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger
Schillerstraße 94, D–10625 Berlin
T +49(0)30 315712 -0 F -29
info@barkowleibinger.com
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Customer and Training Center, Farmington

The Customer and Training Center is located in a wetlands area adjacent to a campus of existing factories begun in the 70’s. With in a master-plan by Skip  Green, the site is characteristic of a Connecticut suburban industrial office park with light industrial buildings situated on generous parcels.

The freestanding pavilion responds to these landscapes, its pinwheel like plan rotating and orienting itself to ponds and meadows. A double-height demonstration hall featuring laser machine tools is wrapped by supporting programs including a lobby, cafeteria, lounge, theater and offices.

The hall is tinged at the second level by a suspended catwalk for viewing which links additional offices and conference rooms. The steel-frame structure is infilled with an iron-spot brick on the exterior and a sandblasted concrete block on the interior. Double height spaces are enclosed by a steel frame stiffened by tension rods. Green solar glass is inserted into these frames. Floors are covered in slate or acrylic work surfaces. Laser-cut stainless steel guardrail insets and light deflectors complement birch wood built-in furniture.

Project Information

Architects — Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger

 

Team Design — Veronika Schmid

 

Program

Central Space, Entrance, Café, Class Rooms, Meeting Rooms

 

Location

Farminton, CT, USA

 

Size

3.300 sqm

 

Construction

1997 - 1999

 

Awards

2002  Business Week, Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business Award

2000  AIA Connecticut Design Awards

Client

Trumpf Inc.

 

Construction Management

The Casle Corporation

 

Contact Architect

AMS Architects, Avon CT Andrew Smith (Project Architect), James Becker (Project Coordinator)

 

Structural Engineer

Richard Szesczak Associates

 

Mechanical Engineer

Quinlan, Giannoni and Livingston Inc.

 

Landscape Architect

Donald Planning and Development Inc.