KKA designs a new office building for the steel manufacturer Lecor. The building is situated in Kungälv 10 kilometers north of Gothenburg. Lecor builds advanced steel constructions and of course they like to show their skills in their own building. This combined with the opportunity of creating a landmark building visible for the nearby highway has been the starting points of their design process. Building is planned to commence during 2011.
The building, which houses the Lecor headquarters, includes offices, dining area/kitchenette, meeting rooms, library and changing rooms. The architects have worked with materials, colours and textures in various ways that can be associated with the steel industry and its traditions. The colours remain mostly in a soft pastel scale and white shades as we have followed the principle to “drape” the whole room in one and the same color.
The building is clad in dark gray steel plates in a repetitive pattern. To emphasize the factory function of steel production, some parts/rooms were allowed to shoot out of the facade in the form of glass cubes sealed in a steel frame.
On the first floor, slides the main entrance as a windbreak with a steel frame coloured in the pastel colors. On the second floor, adjacent to staff kitchen/dining area slides the “matkuben”(dining cube) in a clear yellow color. On top, across the building, the architects further highlight and advertise the factory’s steel operations by placing a conference room and an outdoor terrace enclosed in a long bridge of the truss plant-steel construction. The lattice frame is metallic silver and the contained conference bridge is pastel green with large glass partitions along three walls. Up here one gets a 270 degree view out towards the deep woods of Sweden.