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Madrid’s ‘Distrito C’ Self Shading Solar Office

Posted By Alexandra Kain On May 21, 2009 @ 12:00 am In Architecture,Design,Green Building,Urban design | No Comments

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Distrito C is an ambitious project designed to consolidate 40,000 employees in Madrid [2] from Spain’s largest company, Telefonica [3]. The complex includes four phases of three buildings each, for a total of twelve structures. The design and materials for the buildings are identical so as to streamline the construction process and keep time and material waste to a minimum. And by keeping construction¬†and production as simple as possible, Telefonica [4]¬†maintains the clean, unified look the company is after.

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Local architect Rafael de La-Hoz [5] designed Distrito C with the hot Spanish sun in mind. A special type of glass [6], designed specifically for this project, has been installed throughout as a means of reflecting the sun’s heat [7]. Protruding panels act as sun visors and give the buildings a unique aesthetic character. Connecting each of the four phases is a covered walkway that shades people below. On top of the walkway is the world’s largest rooftop photovoltaic [8] installation–15,300 solar panels capable of collecting 4 million kW hours annually.

Landscaping around the complex includes native plants that require very little water; the water that is needed comes from rainwater harvesting systems [9] on top of each building. Since opening its Distrito C headquarters in 2007, Telefonica has been able to streamline and simplify its operating techniques and reduce local travel expenses.

+ Rafael de La-Hoz [10]

Via Platforma Arquitectura [11]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=21379

[2] Madrid: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/26/ciccm-by-mansilla-and-tunon-architecture/

[3] Telefonica: http://inhabitat.com//www.telefonica.com/home_eng.shtml

[4] Telefonica: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/01/24/stunning-air-trees-only-byproducts-are-h2o-energy/

[5] Rafael de La-Hoz: http://inhabitat.com//www.rafaeldelahoz.com/

[6] glass: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/24/guardian-develops-hyper-insulating-vacuum-glass/

[7] reflecting the sun’s heat: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/12/is-it-green-the-new-american-mansion/

[8] photovoltaic: http://www.inhabitat.com/tag/photovoltaic-panels/

[9] rainwater harvesting systems: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/05/cista-rainwater-cachement-by-moss-sund-and-figforty/

[10] + Rafael de La-Hoz: http://inhabitat.com//www.rafaeldelahoz.com/hoz_ingles/Index.asp

[11] Platforma Arquitectura: http://inhabitat.com//www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/2009/03/17/distrito-c-sede-central-de-telefonica-rafael-de-la-hoz/

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