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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Railway Control Center in Albacete, Spain by moreno del valle arquitectos, slp

November 8th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: moreno del valle arquitectos, slp


“…wise as the serpents, simple as the doves” (matthew 10:16)

The building is categorical on its implantation, an auxiliar plot nearby the albacete station railways. The proposal gets presence without stridencies, with discretion. The building has to solve a multiuse program, it also has to be a very symbolical landmark.

General nigth view (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

  • Architect: David moreno del valle (moreno del valle arquitectos, slp)
  • Name of Project: Railway Control Center
  • Location: Railways station, Albacete, Spain
  • Client: adif
  • Collaborators: Daniel vazquez míguez, arquitecto, borja martin melchor, arquitecto, Antonio pascual ciudad, iccp, jose zamora garcia, aisin simarro levia.
  • Photography: Fernando alda.


General view (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

  • Quantity surveyor: Mariano oviedo oviedo.
  • Engineers: Javier ruiz lópez, jorge álvarez garcia, francisco garcia fernandez, carlos díaz palacios
  • Construction company: Thales.
  • Built surface: 2.031,13m²
  • Awards: Selected project in the XI Bienal de Arquitectura Española


General view (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

This independent volume integration has allowed its distribution on the plot, in relation with its nearest surroundings; the highest block is situated in front of the railways, and now it’s been a referent from every point of view. the rest of the blocks, lower from the first, establish a relation with the rest of the technical buildings and help to reorder the area.

The plans show the specific interactions between the modules that compose the building. There are technological reasons for the measurement and distribution of every single space and the relation among them is not casual responding to an implicit order.

General view (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

The materials are used to emphasize the character of the modules. Vertical ridges texture the concrete walls of the lower blocks and the perforated and stamped steel is reserved for the higher part, light in both senses.

Structurally had to find a solution able to cover a span over 25m long as well as make a plane bearing roof slab for the machinery. A isostatic prefab-prestressed concrete structure was elected, with rectangular pilars and omega section framework-beams.

General View from the railways (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

The railway control operators activity is 24h long, and is because of this that the main space must be designed with the best ergonomic, climate and lightning conditions. To achieve it the control room has a double height and all the offices look at the screens with no restrictions in the ground floor and the mezzanine, and also a very accurate lighting system and a precise air conditioning system were deployed. The building is a new standard and benchmark to this type of building worldwide, in line with the spanish high speed railway.


General View from the south (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

Light beneath the metal skin (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

Ligth difuse Ligth through the offices (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

Main Entrance (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

Main Entrance from the interior (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

Night close up (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

Control Screens (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

Concrete vertical textures (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

Aerial View of the building (Images Courtesy Fernando alda)

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