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.
New Headquarters of the Territorial Support Center of the Geological Institute of Catalonia in Lleida, Spain by Oikosvia Arquitectura s.c.c.l
June 11th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Oikosvia Arquitectura s.c.c.l
The facility is conceived as an abstraction of an “iron monolith”, compact and of pure shape, which represents in one of its sides a “balma” (in catalan, a type of small cave in the base of a rocky formation) which guides us to the inside.
It is formed by means of an exterior skin, the façade, formed by Weathering Steel plates perforated with little holes of different diameter. The plates reproduce a monochrome version of the geological map of the region.
The skin covers the building and acts as a solar radiation filter and it represents in a single structural element some of the basic premises of the project: the energetic efficiency and the symbolic nature of the building.
The inner volume combines closed spaces to accommodate the activities in the building with vertical and horizontal empties that complete the passive climate control system.
The new IGC headquarters is a building of high performance. Energetic certification level “A”.
The building uses geothermic energy to make the air conditioning and to produce hot sanitary water with high efficiency, which reduce the energy consumption and, therefore, reduce the CO2 emissions.
The air circulation system is controlled by air quality sensors and at the same time by enthalpic recuperators that captures the energy from the circulating air.
The lights are high efficient, self-controlled on the façade line and with detectors in the areas of sporadic use.
The building provides an integral management system which controls the machinery of the air conditioning, the air circulation, the hot sanitary water and the light, on the basis of minimum consumption and CO2 emissions.
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