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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.

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.

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

  • Architects: Estudio beldarrain
  • Project: New offices for the Fojansa company
  • Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Photography: Jesus Martín Ruiz 
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Developer: Fojansa company
  • Project and direction of the works: Estudio beldarrain. Juan Beldarrain
  • Collaborator architects: Néstor Asurmendi, Itziar Combarros and Marta Badiola
  • Executive management: Javier Alaña Aguinaco
  • Installations: IDZ ingeniería
Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

  • Structure: Egitur Consultores
  • Contractor: Fonorte
  • Surface constructed: 662 m²
  • Project date: 2008
  • Work Date: 2008-2011
  • Liquidation budget: € 465.495,30 + VAT
Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

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.

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

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.

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

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.

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Jesus Martín Ruiz

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

Image Courtesy © Estudio beldarrain

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