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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.

Education Center for the University of Cordoba in Spain by Rafael de La-Hoz

 
July 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Rafael de La-Hoz

Cubic form and zero gravity, the Vial-Norte UCO building is the result of the combination of massive volumes with light spaces.

Located in a trapezoid-shape plot, as part of Renfe 2 Masterplan – one of the urban extensions of Cordoba, (Spain), the building seems dramatically weightless, highlighted by the emphasis on the contrast of the façades: glass and concrete.

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

  • Architects: Rafael de La-Hoz
  • Project: Education Center for the University of Cordoba
  • Location: C/Joaquín Martínez Bjorkman, Cordoba, Spain
  • Photography: Javier Callejas
  • Client: Cordoba University (UCO)
  • Managing Works: Rafael de La-Hoz and Clemente Lara de la Peñaq
  • Quantity Surveyor: Rafael García Santaella
  • Project Team: Hugo Berenguer, Belén Rivera, Fernando de la Fuente, Zaloa Mayor, Álvaro Rivero, Susanne Forner, Monika Kussewska, Laura Díaz, Silvia Villamor y Ángel Rolán.
  • Graphic design: Luis Muñoz and Daniel Roris
  • Models: Fernando Mont and Víctor Hugo Coronel
  • Construction company: UTE: INTERSA-FIRPROSA
  • Structural engineering: Pondio Ingenieros
  • M&E engineering: Herrero Ingenieros S.L.
  • Start-End Works: 2011-2014
  • GFA: 5,448 sqm

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

The new education centre blends in with its surrounding urban backdrop. The north façade, double-skin, and east and west façades are covered in onsite micro-concrete with large windows that allow natural daylight to shine in. The south façade shows a translucent aluminium materiality with driven voids of light that embodies the building’s aspirations in the city’s fabric.

Resulting in a total GFA of approximately 5.448 m², the five-storey building provides education programs while two underground floors provide parking and optimal storage.

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

Rafael de La-Hoz (Córdoba, Spain) He studied architecture at ETSAM Madrid, and currently operates an active international architecture practice in different countriesaround the world: Spain, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and France.

With a strong interest in the evolution of the architectural fabric of the city and the environmental impact and care, he has received some of the best certificates in sustainable design and some of the world highest honours including, MIPIM Award to the “Best office building in the world”, International Design Award from the Architecture Biennial of Argentina or the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum (USA).

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

Patron of the Contemporary Architecture Foundation and Editorial Board member of Serbian magazine The New ARCH, he has been invited as jury or to lecture in different places and universities as ETH Zurich, The College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University, l’Ecole Nationale d’Architecture in Rabat or AEDES Gallery in Berlin.

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

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