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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.

Oficentro Asebanacio in San José, Costa Rica by ICESA Arquitectos

 
June 6th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ICESA Arquitectos

The fast-growing Employee Solidarity Association of the National Bank of Costa Rica was in need of a new headquarter. They envisioned not only to build their house, but to create a common roof to shelter institutions with shared values and synergies.

The building is located in Llorente de Tibás, a mixed and varied urban fabric that changes dramatically both in landscape and program on every side of the irregular plot. The east facade faces a National Highway, the northern one faces a commercial street and the south side of the plot borders a sprawled residential community. The building accordingly responds differently to every side, situation that is intensified by the bioclimatic parameters that requested the maximum light from the north and south and thermal reductions from the strong east and west lights. This is contrary to the plot geometry that has the shortest side to the north and a reason why the concrete louvers were proposed as a project feature.

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo

  • Architects: ICESA Arquitectos
  • Project: Oficentro Asebanacio
  • Location: Tibás, San José, Costa Rica
  • Photography: Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo
  • Client: Asebanacio
  • Lead Architects: Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo, Cristian Cambronero Herra
  • Structural Engineer: Sotela Alfaro Ltda
  • Mechanical Engineer: Carlos Cordero
  • Electrical Engineer: Marco Vasquez

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo

  • General Contractor: Van der Laat y Jiménez
  • Landscape Designer: Alberto Negrini
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete
  • Stories: 7 above grade, 2 below grade
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 10500m2
  • Site Area: 2022m2
  • Completion Year: 2017

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo

The access to the building occurs from a covered small plaza, after which the height is reduced to a minimum before opening again in a narrow atrium. The atrium is located in the center of mass of an irregular footprint and floods with light and air the heart of the building. All the interior facades and balustrades around the voids use cristal clear, low iron glass to improve the skylight penetration.

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo

The plaza is the result of a subtraction on the base of the building and the cover is provided by the cantilevered fourth and fifth floors above. This cantilever required the facade to exchange louvers to a concrete wall that works as a one-and-a-half storey beam. Additional cantilevers serve as shades and maintenance platforms.

The upper level house shared programs of the different institutions keeping the area with the best views fully accesible to all the employers, promoting at the same time collaborations between institutions.

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo

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Categories: Institute, Office Building, office Complex, Office space, Offices

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