ARCHITECT b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos
SITE Madrid (España)
TOTAL AREA 14.400 m²
DATE 2021

The replacement of the existing building by a new efficient, representative and functional building that promotes internal and commercial activities in the immediate surroundings is proposed. The demolition of the upper built volume, allows a growth without conditions from the ground floor, generating a reception space as a loggia with a large porticoed area. On this base, five floors are added with perimeter work areas and a central nucleus with a new distribution of equipment and vertical communication. On both sides of the core, two courtyards provide additional light in work areas.
A prefabricated modular façade is proposed, defined by elements that adapt to the different climatic and lighting conditions. To the north the opaque part of the facade is increased to reduce costs and energy losses; to the south the enclosure is delayed creating a green strip of solar protection; on east-west facades the precast concrete uprights are inclined, increasing the surface of shade.
The definition of a perimeter structural line in coordination with the façade and the use of post-tensioned slabs, allows a functional scheme of free floor in work areas, providing versatility to the operation.
Diaphanous spaces with high thermal and acoustic performance are specified that can guarantee obtaining the international LEED and WELL certification. For this reason, the project addresses a new general enclosure to proceed with an update, both aesthetic and technical building, can optimize its overall energy performance and the degree of comfort required for the enhancement of the building.

Architects: b720

b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos
Calvet 55
E-08021 Barcelona
T +34 93 363 7979
J. Hurtado de Mendoza 19
E-28036 Madrid
T +34 91 376 8214

b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos is first and foremost a team. The study, founded in 1997 and led by Fermín Vázquez -a founding partner along with Ana Bassat- produces architecture that is resolutely contemporary and reflects its commitment to the responsible use of natural resources. The coherence of the firm’s work is based on a distinctive way of working that deliberately avoids the development of a particular style or formalistic approach. Each project emerges from the search for a specific solution, with clients and society as essential reference points. The response to the programme, context, budget and time constraints is necessarily unique.
b720’s team pays great attention into constructive process to give the project the largest possible quality. In this work are involved more than forty professionals between architects and partners spread between the offices in Madrid and Barcelona. 720 is the number assigned to architecture under the international coding system for materials. The name of the team is thus an abstract, codified reflection of the firm’s founding mission to produce good architecture.