Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Castellana 79 Office and Commercial Building in Madrid, Spain by Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos
September 9th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos
This property is located in the financial and commercial centre of the city, nearby one of the best office buildings in Madrid. With a distinctly urban character it presents a great opportunity to meet the city in two very different scales: an urban scale from the most important communication channel in Madrid, and a domestic scale, from a plaza with a leading pedestrian character.
These urban premises and the customer’s requests (a singular building but a discreet one at the same time) have conditioned the idea for the project right from the beginning. A neutral, abstract, flat façade, but at the same time live and with volume. Lights and shadows that, with the passing of the day and the seasons, change and tinge the smooth skin of glass with the different finishes proposed. Opacity and transparency. Reflections and shadows that are never the same.
Flat glass like squares: white and dark (the colour of the steel in BBVA building). Glass volume with shadows and reflections as a three-dimensional board, steel and glass separated by mirrors which increase the feeling of weightlessness in this second skin. Steel parts that show or hide (depending on the point of view) the dark squares on the game board of the inner skin.
In short, a “live” façade which vibrates with sunlight or softens without the direct impact of it, depending on the point and the time it is observed.
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