Technology Focuses: GLASS | STEEL
The building is located in an industrial area of Madrid which has been under a process of transformation over the past few years. The old industrial premises of the site are being replaced by new buildings of mixed use, offices, housing and new activities like small firms of software development, design or film production. The project for a new office building by Samuel Torres de Carvalho and Pedro Palmero Cabezas reflect this industrial environment in the choice of materials: glass and perforated steel plate. The introverted building assumes a relatively compact shape that stretches out and occupies the depth of the plot. To provide natural light to all the working positions, the building is provided by a courtyard; its irregular shape multiplies the reflections and the perception of the inner space, in a joyful contrast with the austere exterior. The courtyard acts as a big lobby, with glazed elevators, giving access to the floor through an open loggia. Each office level is organized as an open working space whose shape, dimension and proximity to the façade allows different layouts and floor area All the service spaces are instead lined along the North wall, facing the adjacent building. The exterior envelope made of perforated steel plate provides good natural lighting and at the same time, good solar protection and a sense of enclosure. At night, the apparently windowless building reveals its glowing interior.
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