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IKA Works


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IKA Works

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16,500 sq. feet


IKA Works


  • Danny Adams
  • Laura Miller
  • Chris Boney
  • Daniela Ayers



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Project Description

The expanded North American headquarters for this German manufacturer tailors a German aesthetic to an American workplace. The addition maximizes the constrained site with clean lines and modernist design. he result is crisp, contemporary, and comfortable. A double-height lobby welcomes visitors and leads
into a product showroom, while administrative spaces include offices, workstations, conference rooms, and a centralized break area. A renovated facility includes
administrative offices, a machine shop, and a state-of-the-art laboratory for research and development. The updated facade blends seamlessly with the administration
building. A new pilot plant was added to supplement the manufacturing capacity.

The client required a building which would help build brand identity in the United States, and wanted the headquarters to be a visual symbol of their sleek, modern, European products. The resulting bold design incorporates large expanses of glass walls,
white metal panels, and accents of color to highlight important spaces. Renovations to an existing facility, a single story brick building built in the mid-1980’s as a spec manufacturing building, were phased so that operations in the manufacturing and assembly areas could continue with little interruption. The existing facade also received a facelift, creating a seamless look transition to the new administration building. As a
“deep dive” into the project, the design team traveled to Germany to learn about the client’s services, products, processes, and goals.
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