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Madrid Breaks Ground on a Cylindrical Green Superstructure
Posted By Jorge Chapa On January 26, 2009 @ 5:00 am In Architecture,Sustainable Building | No Comments
Recently Mansilla + Tunon Architects  broke ground on a stunning new project that will introduce an iconic green superstructure to Madrid’s skyline. The International Convention Center (CICCM)  features a unique cylindrical building facade lined with solar panels  and concave curves that suffuse its interiors with daylight. The plan will also introduce 80,000 square meters of green space  to the city and will house an extensive rainwater catchment system.
The CICCM was designed by Mansilla + Tunon Architects  in collaboration with Matilde Peralta. It will be 110 meters tall and will comprise around 100,000 aquare meters worth of built space in addition to an extensive expanse of green areas. The building is particularly striking due to its radical shape – it is essentially a cylinder that has been stood on its side and partially buried on the ground. The entire building is lined with photovoltaic panels and covered in glass, which will significantly improve the daylight access to each floor.
The building’s shape will house all the required facilities for the convention center. The six story building will have a 5,000 person auditorium, a number of event halls and exposition centers and some remarkable views. Needless to say, the city of Madrid is hoping that the building’s remarkable shape becomes an icon that will once again put the city in the map.
Via Plataforma Arquitectura 
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 Mansilla + Tunon Architects: http://www.mansilla-tunon.com/
 International Convention Center (CICCM): http://www.mansilla-tunon.com/proyectos/ciccm/ciccm.html
 solar panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/06/projet-triangle-by-herzog-and-de-meuron/
 green space: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/19/new-heden-by-kjellgren-kaminsky-architects/
 Plataforma Arquitectura: http://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/2009/01/23/ciccm-mansilla-y-tunon/
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