Research and Administration Building
The complex should house 40,000 m2 of work areas and almost 1,000 m2 of parking spaces in a gently sloping green field site. The embodiment of the new building tried to retain the atmosphere of the landscape comprising two rolling hills against a background of low mountains. The volume was divided into three elongated prisms, two glazed and the other one made out of granite and concrete, which were to be placed upon the differente levels of the hill. A fourth cubic block, also glazed, forms a square with the stone one that opens uponto de widest valley.
The glass façades draw in the humid and misty landscape tipycal of the region. It was intended that the complex retained a recognisable scale despite its size, and that each working space should posses a understable relationship with the rest of the building and surroundings.
The three blocks or buildings on which the grouping is organised correspond to offices building (the two glazed blocks), common service the stone block) and labs (the glazed cube).
(text from architects' website)
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