Textilfabrik Beldona, Widnau





    Services of Erich Offermann
    in Suter + Suter AG Office, Zürich

  • Feasability Study
  • Initial design
  • Project
  • Execution planning
  • Detailed design and Construction management



Client:
Beldona AG Zofingen
Construction period:
1985-1986
Budget: CHF 7,5 Mio
Built area: 1486m2
Total floor space: 4450m2
Architects: Suter + Suter AG Zürich
Building Services Engineers: Suter + Suter AG
Structural Engineers: Bänziger + Köppel AG, Widnau

The unpretentious expression of industrial buildings has always fascinated us.
The demands on functionality, coupled with cost-effective construction methods, together with the vision and the ordering will of the architect, can result in memorable and expressive buildings.
This passion for puzzle tasks in design and realization of industrial buildings were pursued by OAP multiple times already.
One of the first was this textile production building in the Rhine Valley of St. Gallen, a region traditionally dominated by textile industry for many centuries.

With the help of standard products such as facade systems, cladding etc., a building was erected which through its functional shape and the focus on the clients brief which demanded flexibility of production and excellent light conditions, achieved its identity and distinctiveness. The detailed assembly of the individual elements has been given foremost priority with precise solutions of transitions and connections. These had to be appropriate for the material, structurally correct, elegant and formally satisfying.

The client welcomed the qualities of light, lightness and transparency achieved by the architect additionially to the requirements of rationalization, quality of the workplace, quality of light, flexibility and expandability and unity of form.
From function-related north and south orientation of the building results the original shape of a rhombic cuboid, crowned with sheds. Their inclination angle corresponds to those at both ends of the building. The whole width of the production hall is spanned by a steel truss structure.

After this high-quality textile production also fell victim of globalization, a company manufacturing optical, medical precision instruments took over the building. Thus creating a progressive continuation of local artisan traditions.