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“Nothing prepares the casual visitor for this vision of PA Technology, set in the office park environs of Route 1, near Princeton NJ. The crystal clear separation of structure, services ans enclosure is easily read . The crisp mast and 'sheets' are sheer rhetorical flourishes and the ship metaphor of Early Modern springs inevitably to mind. ”

Daralice D Bowles. Progressive Architecture, August 1985

PA Technology recommissioned Richard Rogers Partnership to design their American research base, on a new industrial park close to the university town of Princeton. The assisted-span tension structure derived from the similar solutions used at Fleetguard and the INMOS factory and the plan closely resembles that of INMOS, with a central spine/arcade on an A-frame which provides circulation, staff restaurant and other services and is flanked by the working spaces, in this case laboratories and offices.

While INMOS had required a very high degree of servicing, PA Technology Princeton produced a less-demanding servicing requirement – the exposed structure, while entirely functional, is equally symbolic and expressive of the image of the company. (The client had specifically demanded a scheme which reflected PA’s innovative approach.) Ducting and air-conditioning plant is boldly exposed. Services are equally frankly expressed inside the building.

The building was designed for prefabrication off-site and rapid erection. The cladding is carefully considered to provide diffused light through translucent panels, with a strip of clear glass offering views out. In theory, this is a ‘kit-of-parts’ building which could be replicated. In practice, it is a well-crafted custom-made landmark, like the Pompidou Centre or Lloyd’s. RRP’s long line of industrial research building expresses the tension between mass production and expressive individuality which is at the core of the practice’s work.

Like its precedent INMOS, the desire was for internal spaces free of columns with scope for rearrangement and expansion. In addition, the use of translucent cladding provides a remarkable quality of daylight, while at night the building glows gently.

“Nothing prepares the casual visitor for this vision of PA Technology, set in the office park environs of Route 1, near Princeton NJ. The crystal clear separation of structure, services ans enclosure is easily read . The crisp mast and 'sheets' are sheer rhetorical flourishes and the ship metaphor of Early Modern springs inevitably to mind. ”

Daralice D Bowles. Progressive Architecture, August 1985

PA Technology recommissioned Richard Rogers Partnership to design their American research base, on a new industrial park close to the university town of Princeton. The assisted-span tension structure derived from the similar solutions used at Fleetguard and the INMOS factory and the plan closely resembles that of INMOS, with a central spine/arcade on an A-frame which provides circulation, staff restaurant and other services and is flanked by the working spaces, in this case laboratories and offices.

While INMOS had required a very high degree of servicing, PA Technology Princeton produced a less-demanding servicing requirement – the exposed structure, while entirely functional, is equally symbolic and expressive of the image of the company. (The client had specifically demanded a scheme which reflected PA’s innovative approach.) Ducting and air-conditioning plant is boldly exposed. Services are equally frankly expressed inside the building.

The building was designed for prefabrication off-site and rapid erection. The cladding is carefully considered to provide diffused light through translucent panels, with a strip of clear glass offering views out. In theory, this is a ‘kit-of-parts’ building which could be replicated. In practice, it is a well-crafted custom-made landmark, like the Pompidou Centre or Lloyd’s. RRP’s long line of industrial research building expresses the tension between mass production and expressive individuality which is at the core of the practice’s work.

Like its precedent INMOS, the desire was for internal spaces free of columns with scope for rearrangement and expansion. In addition, the use of translucent cladding provides a remarkable quality of daylight, while at night the building glows gently.

“Nothing prepares the casual visitor for this vision of PA Technology, set in the office park environs of Route 1, near Princeton NJ. The crystal clear separation of structure, services ans enclosure is easily read . The crisp mast and 'sheets' are sheer rhetorical flourishes and the ship metaphor of Early Modern springs inevitably to mind. ”

Daralice D Bowles. Progressive Architecture, August 1985

PA Technology recommissioned Richard Rogers Partnership to design their American research base, on a new industrial park close to the university town of Princeton. The assisted-span tension structure derived from the similar solutions used at Fleetguard and the INMOS factory and the plan closely resembles that of INMOS, with a central spine/arcade on an A-frame which provides circulation, staff restaurant and other services and is flanked by the working spaces, in this case laboratories and offices.

While INMOS had required a very high degree of servicing, PA Technology Princeton produced a less-demanding servicing requirement – the exposed structure, while entirely functional, is equally symbolic and expressive of the image of the company. (The client had specifically demanded a scheme which reflected PA’s innovative approach.) Ducting and air-conditioning plant is boldly exposed. Services are equally frankly expressed inside the building.

The building was designed for prefabrication off-site and rapid erection. The cladding is carefully considered to provide diffused light through translucent panels, with a strip of clear glass offering views out. In theory, this is a ‘kit-of-parts’ building which could be replicated. In practice, it is a well-crafted custom-made landmark, like the Pompidou Centre or Lloyd’s. RRP’s long line of industrial research building expresses the tension between mass production and expressive individuality which is at the core of the practice’s work.

Like its precedent INMOS, the desire was for internal spaces free of columns with scope for rearrangement and expansion. In addition, the use of translucent cladding provides a remarkable quality of daylight, while at night the building glows gently.

“Nothing prepares the casual visitor for this vision of PA Technology, set in the office park environs of Route 1, near Princeton NJ. The crystal clear separation of structure, services ans enclosure is easily read . The crisp mast and 'sheets' are sheer rhetorical flourishes and the ship metaphor of Early Modern springs inevitably to mind. ”

Daralice D Bowles. Progressive Architecture, August 1985

PA Technology recommissioned Richard Rogers Partnership to design their American research base, on a new industrial park close to the university town of Princeton. The assisted-span tension structure derived from the similar solutions used at Fleetguard and the INMOS factory and the plan closely resembles that of INMOS, with a central spine/arcade on an A-frame which provides circulation, staff restaurant and other services and is flanked by the working spaces, in this case laboratories and offices.

While INMOS had required a very high degree of servicing, PA Technology Princeton produced a less-demanding servicing requirement – the exposed structure, while entirely functional, is equally symbolic and expressive of the image of the company. (The client had specifically demanded a scheme which reflected PA’s innovative approach.) Ducting and air-conditioning plant is boldly exposed. Services are equally frankly expressed inside the building.

The building was designed for prefabrication off-site and rapid erection. The cladding is carefully considered to provide diffused light through translucent panels, with a strip of clear glass offering views out. In theory, this is a ‘kit-of-parts’ building which could be replicated. In practice, it is a well-crafted custom-made landmark, like the Pompidou Centre or Lloyd’s. RRP’s long line of industrial research building expresses the tension between mass production and expressive individuality which is at the core of the practice’s work.

Like its precedent INMOS, the desire was for internal spaces free of columns with scope for rearrangement and expansion. In addition, the use of translucent cladding provides a remarkable quality of daylight, while at night the building glows gently.

Key Facts

    Awards
  • 1977  RIBA Regional Award
  • 1976  Financial Times Industrial Architecture Award

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Team

Ram Ahronov
Pierre Botschi
Mike Davies

Marco Goldschmied
John McAslan
Gennaro Picardi

Richard Rogers
John Young

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Date
1982-1985

Client
PA Management Consultants Ltd

Location
Princeton, NJ, USA

Site Area
7 500 m²

Co-Architect
Kelbaugh and Lee Architects

Structural Engineer
Ove Arup & Partners / Syska and Hennessy Inc

Services Engineer
Ove Arup & Partners / Syska and Hennessy Inc

Quantity Surveyor
GA Hanscomb Partnership / GA Hanscomb Associates Inc