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 offices for the Fojansa company in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain by Estudio beldarrain
October 11th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Estudio beldarrain
Fojansa is a company with a 15-year experience in installations of plumbing, heating and air-conditioning systems that is committing itself strongly in the field of renewable energy research.
For the design of its offices, it has engaged Beldarrain studio, expert in sustainable architecture, with the intention that its new corporate image may transmit, on the one hand, its innovation purpose and, on the other hand, its environmental concern. To this end, they have adopted a clear and categorical building strategy, the power of which, as concerns image, is doubtless in spite of using very cheap materials.
A new body of offices, with an apparently elliptical shape, has been constructed fitting it in the former nave, leaning towards the street façade as much as allowed by the city regulations. So doing, the new body has become the protagonist of the new corporate image at the industrial development. A thick skin made of black polyethylene pipes intertwined together as if composing a wicker basket, endows the new office body with an object-like and abstract character that contrasts with the old nave. Its rounded shape evokes, maybe, organic rather than architectonic shapes, enhancing the proposal and thus standing out in the environment of the industrial development.
The above-mentioned skin of intertwined pipes forms a dense lattice that protects the glass panes from the summer sun. But this thick skin, that draws the attention of the passers-by, makes the building itself become an object of research in the field of renewable energies and of energetic efficiency. It constitutes a peculiar sun collector and energy exchanger that, combined with an 8-pit geothermic collector, pretends to reduce to a minimum the energetic consumption of the building.
With the incorporation to the project of photovoltaic panels on the roof deck of the existing naves, a building with positive energetic balance is achieved.
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