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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.

Spinpark – Cultural and Enterprise Center in Guimarães, Portugal by Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos

 
January 31st, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos

The building is designated to house small and medium sized technological companies and a cultural space. It is expected to be a cultural reference and the nest for new companies in a new technological park.

The site was characterized as an empty space with very little references. There is a master plan which hasn’t still been executed.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)

  • Construction cost: 4.350.000
  • Construction completion: 2008
  • Architecture project: Imago – Atelier de Arquitectura e Engenharia, Lda
  • Authors: André de Moura Leitão Cerejeira Fontes, António Jorge de Moura Leitão Cerejeira Fontes
  • Co-authors: Nuno Cruz, António Dias and Bruno Marques
  • Project team: Eugénia Fontes, Sónia Gonçalves, José Forte, José Pedro Fernandes, José Miguel Bahi, Pedro Negrões Soares and Tiago Fontes
  • Engeneering projects: Siltes Projecto e Engenharia, Lda, Mecflui Engenharia, Lda and Max Ferraro Vaz
  • Construction Company: Guimar – Sociedade de Construção, S.A.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)

The building is composed by several individual volumes configured within a spiral external peel.The exterior is rapped by a continuous concrete form that exposes the translucent interior of the building where the boxes of the companies are hung. It is a similar effect as the one of peeling of an orange, denser in the center, and less dense as we stand back from it. The effect of spiral allows us to see the internal spaces of the building, turning it more permeable to the light, and to the surroundings.

Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli

The access to the building is in the direction of the opaque element that unifies the block from top to bottom and we can enter at the level of the street.The block is set on pieces allowing us to cross from the external space between the parking lot and the future park to south, permitting people to view the interior of the building. The main entrance of the building is located in the middle of the structure distinguished with a facade in a larger dimension. The boxes for business technology services work as modular elements extended to the needs of each company.

 

Interior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)

They are tied to structural elements, and suspended on the square, giving the building different degrees of transparency and light on the central space. Level 3 may become an extension of space for that kind of business. At the ground level a semi-public plaza is created, intended for cultural purposes. The building will be a reference point in the all technological campus, a gathering point and the stage for events and expositions. The suspended boxes of the 1st and 2nd floor plans house the administrative areas. They are suspended over the public plaza. The seperation of the boxes allows light to come down to the plaza giving different degrees of transparency and light on the central space.

The building was designed in order to exploit the use of natural light in all its spaces, mostly reflected or indirect, enhancing energy savings and visual confort. The exterior concrete envelope provides shade in the summer avoiding overheating in the interior spaces. The suspended boxes are separated allowing natural ventilation.

 

Interior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)

Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)

Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli

Interior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)

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