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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.

M2 Technological Building, University of Salamanca in Spain by Sanchez Gil Arquitectos

 
February 27th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sanchez Gil Arquitectos 

The M2 building is located in the Science Park of the University of Salamanca, in its Villamayor campus. The volumetric layout of the plot was set by the technical facilities, with five prismatic buildings arranged in parallel, oriented to the north-south, leaving a large garden area over 30 meters wide to the south, facing the road.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

  • Architects: Sanchez Gil Arquitectos
  • Project: M2 Technological Building, University of Salamanca
  • Location: Villamayor de la Armuña, Salamanca, Spain
  • Photography: Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado
  • Project Architects: Emilio Sánchez Gil, Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado, Emilio Sánchez Cuadrado
  • Technical Architects: José Francisco González Hernández, Joaquín Goyenechea
  • University of Salamanca staff: Luis Ferreira, Eduardo Dorado (arch.) Tomás Martín Luengo (Tech. Arch)
  • Project Area: 3,245 sqm
  • Structures: Valeriano Diego
  • Facilities: Úrculo ingenieros
  • Construction: Edimaro
  • Site Manager: Raquel Mendo
  • Budget: 3,448,027 Euros

Image Courtesy © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

The building has three floors, with the ground floor facade set back 2,90 m along most of the perimeter relative to the upper floors, thus leaving a perimeter arcade area, slightly sunken for the purpose of reducing the building impact in this flood plain.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

We design a double metal skin that defines the architectural character of the building. It consists of a lightweight outer skin composed of motorized mobile steel sheet panels, that allow controlling the light and sunlight levels inside the building. A second skin of slate and glass is separated from the inner layer, leaving a metal service catwalk in between to allow air circulation. It has a variable width, according to different orientations, to solve the problems of direct sunlight.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

The inner skin folds at specific points. It generates interstitial spaces, like shaded, vegetated courtyards, which illuminate access lobbies to work areas and stairs.

Inside the building is organized around a large circular lobby that includes the three levels, dominated by an inverted conical wooden skylight that lets in filtered and warm light. This space leads to the work areas, designed as open spaces with a glazed perimeter, lit and organized by interiors courtyards.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

Image Courtesy © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

Image Courtesy © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

Image Courtesy © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

Image Courtesy © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

Image Courtesy © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

Image Courtesy © Sanchez Gil Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Sanchez Gil Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Sanchez Gil Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Sanchez Gil Arquitectos

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