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Watch Training & Service Center
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Watch Training & Service Center

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Familiar Vernacular Architecture


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.

A Balance Between Traditional and Modern


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.

Project Details

Project Lead:

Patrick Burke, AIA

Professional Credits:

Associate Architect – Hammel Associates

Location:

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Size:

45,000 SF

Completion Date:

2001

 

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