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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.

Albacete Police Headquarters in Spain by Matos-Castillo Arquitectos

 
May 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Matos-Castillo Arquitectos

The program of the building consists essentially of police offices. It has a public space with a lobby, an issuing passports or ID area and a complaints authority, and it also includes parking for police vehicles, a security area, changing rooms and a dwelling for the inspector.

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

  • Architects: Matos-Castillo Arquitectos (Alberto Martínez Castillo, Beatriz Matos Castaño)
  • Project: Albacete Police Headquarters 
  • Location: Good Shepherd streets and Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Albacete, Spain
  • Photography: Hisao Suzuki
  • Project Management: Segipsa
  • Structure Engineering: Valladares Engineering
  • Facilities Engineering: Úrculo Engineers
  • Construction company: Villegas Constructions
  • Quantity Surveyors: Alberto López Díez
  • Promoter: GIESE (Infrastructure and Equipment Management of State Security)
  • Colaborators: Borja ÁLVAREZ, Martina SCHLÜTER, Alejandra MARTÍNEZ DE LA RIVA, Julián RAMÍREZ RENTERO, Tómer KENIN, Eva ROENSE
  • Built Area: 5.265,76 M2
  • Work Start Date: June 2004
  • Work End Date: September 2006

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

The building is defined by the perimeter of the site, even though if the main façade gives five meters to the city in order to dignify the access by a narrow sidewalk. The entry is set up under a cantilever, which reaches all the available space. The slope between the streets allows police vehicles to enter at almost the level of the garage floor, located beneath the pedestrian access.

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

The ground floor gives material form to a concrete plinth closed to the outside. As opposed to the interior, that unfolds a series of lighting spaces illuminated by perforated patios. The parking becomes a place for relationship due to four coloured holes that are crossing the ground floor and take light from the roof or from the patios.

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

The idea of solidity and transparency suitable in a police team is reflected in the concrete base, where a glass prism relies. Drilling holes on concrete should had a continuity, the answer to it is the concept of a lattice, where holes are an essential part of the strength of the wall. The trapezoidal modulation of simultaneous plan project became the facade of the station. Sometimes these unexpected things happen.

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

The two facades of the lattice correspond to public areas and main communications. Constructed in-situ, both sides, inner and outer are made of concrete. The piece of glass hosts on two floors the offices and other branches. Its orientation and internal organization make the two long facades different to each other, a glass wall oriented northwest (offices) and a double skin of glass and vertical louvers oriented southeast (communications). The colour of the glass louvers has no specific references and helps to eliminate old stereotypes.

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

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