Viking Masek, Oostburg, Wisconsin
Design inspiration for this new manufacturing facility came from the equipment that is made there. The building reflects the quality and high technology of the packaging machines produced by Viking Masek.
Abacus Architects created a clean, stark environment for the production and office areas to meet the owner’s desire for a museum-like space in which to assemble their machines and display them during customer tours. Clerestory windows with energy-efficient translucent panels flood the building with natural light, and a monochromatic white paint scheme reinforces the techie feel. Worker efficiency was also a driving force in the design, with the goal of minimizing steps, keeping short distances from engineers to the plant floor, creating visibility, and providing access to office staff.
The contemporary interior material palette of the work areas contrasts sharply with the employee break room, which was conceived as a color- and comfort-filled respite from the production floor. At the symbolic center of the building, it mimics the ambience of a coffee shop where wood cabinetry and a rustic ceiling treatment offer an entirely different experience from the work spaces.
On the exterior, an eclectic combination of earth-toned exterior materials and faceted walls creates an engaging façade that sits lightly on its suburban site, which is at the edge of the Village of Oostburg and adjacent to the Interstate corridor.
“This facility clearly communicates a corporate culture of pride in their products and an atmosphere of sharing where workers, office staff and clients can all come together.”
Robert Heimerl, Design Architect