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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.

Textured Tower in Biscay, Spain by Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

 
September 11th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

A 32,5 meters high concrete tower for fire training.

A vertical decision. The tower at its plant intensifies the vertical folds. The folds of the concrete improve the vertical inertia, save material, make a more efficient structure. The tower is compressed also to not fill the air, as the “thin figures” of Giacometti.

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

  • Architects: Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
  • Project: Textured Tower
  • Location: Biscay, Spain
  • Photography: Juan Rodríguez
  • Status: Construido Built
  • Client: Ayuntamiento de Bilbao
  • Site: Miribilla, Bilbao, 43.248956, -2.924090
  • Collaborators: César Peña del Rey, Emilio Pardo, Katja Leszczynska, Fernando de la Maza, Andrés Tabera
  • Date of project: August 2006 – May 2007
  • Construction date: June 2007 – June 2012
  • Area: 556,88 m2
  • Budget: 1.332.425,47 €
  • Awards: Primer Premio en el concurso de ideas First Prize in ideas competition

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Concrete formwork has been hoisted and assembled with industrialized procedures but the external molds have been handmade. We gave instructions to the workers, a few simple recommendations. From there, each person could organize panel molding at her or him discretion or particular taste. So each point of the surface responds to a manual activity, then the envelope feels to be alive.

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Multiple mobile filters separate the outside of the interior through deep apertures.

Inside, the tower is extremely tough and Spartan, built with concrete and galvanized or lacquered steel.

The building is still the drawing paper: we can still see the paper marks, numbers, notes on the concrete surface ―it is the place for freedom, for possibility. Paper shows that we are alive.

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez and COLL-BARREU ARQUITECTOS

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