When representatives of an international watch company visited Lancaster County in search for a site, they recognized an affinity between traditional Swiss architecture and the Pennsylvania Dutch environs. Since literally building a barn was prohibitive, we interpreted vernacular traditions for the exterior design.
The forms and fieldstone materials of the outside of the center respond to the context of local rural architecture. We continued the rural reference in the exposed timber truss work of the double height lobby. However, the upper level is more modern and laboratory-like, meeting high performance standards for cleanliness and air quality when handling delicate watches.