The building works as a green corridor that restores the ecological and landscape features of an existing quarry.
The Main Building is part of the UD Las Palmas Training Complex, developed in a former quarry at the outskirts of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). It allocates the leading team ́s working facilities including parking, gymnasium, dressing area, medical center, hydrotherapy, and press area. Outside, the building incorporates a seating area made out of on-site natural materials.
The building is placed between two platforms. As a result, two out of the three floors are underground. Longitudinally, the resulting volume works as a green corridor, connecting the unspoiled landscape area with an existing ravine, restoring some of the ecological and landscape features of the former quarry. Local gardening and stones are the materials of the west façade and seating area, integrating it with the aesthetics of dry quarry walls and green slopes.
The design of east façade and the seating area incorporates bioengineering technologies such as green retaining walls and stone gabions made out of on-site soil and stones. West façade includes a timber brise-solei that reduce the impact of the subtropics intense sunlight and protect the building from heat gain. The top floor works as a terrace area with views over the two football pitches. The result is a landscape-integrated building that goes beyond landscape aesthetics, becoming a green corridor that helps to restore some of the ecological features of a former quarry.