Poblenou, a former industrial district of Barcelona, has transformed over the last decade into a new model of a compact city, where innovative companies co-exist with research, training and tech transfer centers. Gaes is one of those companies who has made its home here and has a brand new, high-tech building. The hearing aid manufacturer has a sophisticated process that produces zero waste in a laboratory like setting – an industry perfectly suited for a dense urban environment.
Wanting to match their new home with their product, Gaes requested an energy efficient building. MIZIEN returned with a design for a building that responds to its environment, takes in ample daylighting and provides a dynamic space in which to work. The louvered facade is a living moving skin controlled by central system associated to weather to keep the interior climate controlled. Voids in the interior lead up to skylights that pull in natural daylight through the floors down all the way to the ground floor. The transparent building provides pleasant working conditions while maintaining energy efficiency.