The building known as "Frog Queen" houses several engineering offices and an attached test facility for an engineering firm based in Graz. The basic geometric shape of the structure is a cuboid.
The systematic implementation of the pixel theme displays a
confident sense of identity and self-awareness.
As the visitor approaches the building, the black and white outer skin reveals itself as an ornamental motif viewed at an increasingly large resolution. The facades are clad with aluminum boards with silk-screen prints. The various scales of grey are generated through the arrangement of the different sizes of printer dots in form of ornamental motives. From a distance the extended artwork appear as a monumental two-dimensional picture in the landscape.
The interior opens up into an atrium brightly lit by natural daylight. Here the architects have played with the dynamic relationship between indoors and outdoors.
In the office areas large numbers of individual windows, giving
onto various aspects, appear to frame the views of the surrounding
district. These window views combined with large-format photographs
of country scenes on the walls create a kind of ornamental picture
Facts about Frog Queen
ca. 1,400 m2
Ingenos Ziviltechniker GmbH
Rudolf Elsenwenger, Gerhard Smeh
Peter Bauer, David Lemp
Building Services Consultant:
Dr. Tomberger ZT GesmbH
Erich Watzke & Moskon & Busz GmbH
Last updated: December 19, 2013
North Adams, Massachusetts, USA