To the company’s credit, Repsol S.A. has been incorporating a strong social and environmental platform into their operations for quite a while. The Repsol Foundation initiates environmental projects and studies that look to improve the sustainability of energy sources and reduce the effects of harmful energy harvesting. Specialized projects like creating the world’s only BREEAM- certified petrol station make this company something of an eco-conscious leader in what is considered one of the most harmful sectors in terms of environmental impact.
Repsol’s latest project is a green 123,000 square meter building for its 4,000 Madrid-based employees. The Repsol Campus, newly opened in February of this year and designed by Spanish architect, Rafael de la Hoz, was awarded LEED Platinum certification in July. The campus is Madrid’s third LEED Platinum project, and the US Green Building Council awarded Repsol 53 out of a total of 69 points, recognizing the project’s achievements in site design, indoor environmental quality, water & energy efficiency and material conservation and usage.
Inspired by Repsol’s commitment to teamwork, the architect’s design interprets a modern version of the medieval “hortus conclusus” or “enclosed garden”. Four buildings are connected at the corners by footbridges, forming a large central courtyard that occupies a third of the total construction surface. The Campus’ central cloister is the social heart of the building, meant to encourage social interaction and provide a healthy work environment.