Gallery: A.M.A. Headquarters in Madrid is a Big Steely Building with a ...

 
Business parks are traditionally known for planting more buildings in an open landscape than actual flora. Luckily, Rafael de la Hoz Architects have designed a building in one such park that is conscious of its footprint, making sure to take up the least amount of ground space possible, while respecting and celebrating the surrounding landscape. Located at the Cristalia Business Park in the “Campo de las Naciones” of Madrid, the new building is home to A.M.A. Insurance's headquarters and has a cool metallic facade that brings a little futurism to the area.

In order to balance on its minimalist ground level, the enormous building features two 25 foot raised cantilevers. These angled ends house the client reception area and an auditorium. The open glass facade of that space allows for a view of the landscape to climb into the slanted wall windows. The auditorium also fits perfectly into the slope design of the building’s other end.

The glass and steel exterior facades reflect the tensions and balance needed to support the building, making it look like a giant see- saw.  Steel beams zig zag across and encase the glass structure, providing not only an incredible visual harmony but also helping to keep the building cool and bright. In preserving the business park landscape, the A.M.A. Headquarters building is an example of what innovative design can do to preserve and respect a structures natural surroundings.

+ Rafael de La-Hoz Architects

Via Architzer

images from Duccio Malagamba

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  1. lazyreader September 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    This building looks like a cheese grater. Cool metallic facade, more like very hot in summer. Just like Frank Gehry’s famous Disney concert hall in Los Angeles whose polished steel exterior was the envy of architects at the complaints of neighbors. Some residents of the neighboring condominiums suffered glare caused by sunlight that was reflected off these surfaces and concentrated in a manner similar to a parabolic mirror. The resulting heat made some rooms of nearby condominiums unbearably warm, caused the air-conditioning costs of these residents to skyrocket and created hot spots on adjacent sidewalks of as much as 140 degrees. Never mind what it will cost to refurbish it when it does rust. We don’t mind the fact that brick and mortar age over time, if anything it adds a sense of use and character to the building; we don’t mind if copper corrodes on our roofs that actually results in a patina.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3e/40_Wall_Street.jpg

    After a lull during the period of modern architectural dominance, classicism has seen somewhat of a resurgence. This rebirth is maily due to postmodern architecture, whose decorative tastes includes columns, capitals and textured facades. Designed by architects that haven’t thrown out their rulers for computers.

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