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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.

The offices of the Castilla León Junta in Zamora, Spain by Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza

 
December 2nd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza 

Facing the cathedral and following the outline of the former convent’s kitchen garden, we erect a strong stone wall box open to the sky. Its walls and floors entirely   made of stone. The very same stone as the Cathedral. A real Hortus Conclusus. In the corner facing the cathedral, a massive stone measuring 250x150x50 cm, a veritable Cornerstone. And chiselled on that stone.

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

  • Architects: Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza
  • Project: The offices of the Castilla León Junta
  • Location: Zamora, Spain
  • Photography: Javier Callejas Sevilla
  • Architects Team: Alberto Campo Baeza, Pablo Fernández Lorenzo, Pablo Redondo Díez, Alfonso González Gaisán, Francisco Blanco Velasco
  • Client: Junta de Castilla y León. Consejería de Hacienda
  • Architects collaborators: Ignacio Aguirre López, Miguel Ciria Hernández
  • Other collaborators: Alejandro Cervilla García, Emilio Delgado Martos, Petter Palander, Sergio Sánchez Muñoz
  • Structural engineer: Eduardo Díez – IDEEE
  • Mechanical engineer: Úrculo Ingenieros
Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

  • Area: 12.100 m2
  • Timing: 
    • Competition: 2004
    • Project: 2006
  • Construction: 2008-2012
Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Hic Lapis Angularis Maio Mmxii Posito

Within the stone box, a glass box, only glass.  Like a greenhouse. With a double facade similar to a Trombe wall. The external skin of the facade is made of glass, each single sheet measuring 600x300x2,4 cm and all joined together simply with structural silicone and hardly anything else. As if entirely made of air.

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

The trihedral upper angles of the box are made completely with glass, thus even further accentuating the effect of transparency. Precisely what Mies was looking for in his Friedrichstrasse tower. The trihedron built with air, a true Glass Corner. And engraved in acid on the glass:

Hoc Vitrum Angularis Maio Mmxii Posito

The stone box made from Memory.  With its Cornerstone deeply rooted in the soil.

The glass box made for the Future. With its Glass Corner blending into the sky.

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Image Courtesy © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza

Image Courtesy © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza

Image Courtesy © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza

Image Courtesy © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza

Image Courtesy © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza

Image Courtesy © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza

Image Courtesy © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza

Image Courtesy © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza

Image Courtesy © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza

Image Courtesy © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza

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