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.
COAS OFFICES AND HEADQUARTERS in Bilbao, SPAIN by Juan M. Otxotorena
April 21st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Juan M. Otxotorena
The location of the proposed new building is set in response to the combination of clear criteria of availability of space with powerful reasons of ease of use, based on the experience of the life of the school.
The building is in any case a volume of small size in a plant, and it is intended to permanently locate the administrative services of the College, relatively autonomous with respect to the ordinary day-to-day development of the educational activities. The program includes a number of offices with general files associated with systematic processing and centralization of information, and a reception area for parents that includes both your individual attention as organizing some informative collective activities aimed at small groups.
The resulting volume is placed to one side of the existing parking lot, against the slope that delimits it. The building presents two accesses on both floors, according to the indications of the property, eager to differentiate between access visits and regular access to the area of administrative work.
The building takes the shape with reference to the pre-existing buildings of the College: a brick and concrete building with sloping tiled roof. A single slope cover is designed due to the reduced width of the bay, so that a low-cover capable of being partially tapped as store is obtained.
The architectural treatment of the new construction can not be seen or treated as a mere abstract action in rural areas, for construction isolated in the middle of a green landscape, but rather as an intervention in a school zone specifically affecting the total constructed – relatively complex and extensive – of an existing school.
It is considered, in order that the arguments in the previous section regarding the necessary architectural treatment of new construction lead to a prudent, balanced solution marked by a sensitivity to environmental conditions, in fact, the landscape impact of the construction could not be more moderate.
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