This Project is the result of an international bid to construct of the head-office for the Andalusian Agency for Aeronautics and a business centre related to the aeronautic industry, and has been selected to compete at the Spanish Architecture Awards in 2009.
This Project aims to adapt a universal architectural style, that of the office building, to the particular characteristics of our environmental and cultural surroundings, reinterpreting historical qualities of Andalusian style constructions.
The relation between the architecture of the building and location has serious limitations as the building is located in a technological park with a strong industrial presence, far from urban centres, and with the absence of public spaces or other building of interest nearby.
The project plays off two themes. On one hand, it creates representative spaces on the inside such as squares, internal paths between buildings, pedestrian areas with gardens that will interweave when the ensemble of buildings will be finished, spaces with sun and shade, close to vegetation and water which allow users to rest and meet. On the other hand, the building on the outside demonstrates the impulse to create environmentally friendly conditions.
The project is defined by an ensemble of buildings connected by an internal covered street, designed in a similar way to some streets in central Seville, where sail-shaped canapees cover the streets in the summer, converting them into new spaces, big open-air saloons protected from the sun.
In essence, we are talking about two parallel building wings, with an internal corridor and office modules on both sides, forming a wide lobby crossed by bridges in different locations at different heights. This contributes to the creation of different spaces along the way. These bridges are occupied by multipurpose rooms that serve either wings of the building.
The first, second and third floor are open spaces conceived in a modular way, with mobile walls that allow the creation of different size rooms on demand.
The main lobby has big glass windows that allows the entrance of natural light to public areas and gives a general view of the inside from the entrance, as the different spaces are interconnected around the lobby. It is a space capable of hosting different activities such as mass presentations or exhibitions. On the ground floor services such as reception, canteen, shops, an auditorium or training rooms promote socialising.
The position of the patio, close to this lobby, allows natural light and ventilation, thanks to the daily automated opening of the glass walls. It is also an easy way of obtaining a simple heat control.
Many aspects in this building have been inspired by the local Andalusian culture: the lateral access to the building, a certain opaque tint from the outside, the presence of the patio, the control of the solar light, the use of natural ventilation and light, and the creation of transitional spaces between the inside and the outside.
It is a building thought and built in our times but embracing essential characteristics of the architecture of Seville.