This office / print production building is a striking structural design with nothing to hide. Designed by young firm AMID.Cero9 for the print company Diagonal 80, the project has received a lot of attention for the unique way it creates a highly controlled production space. The raw yet delicate, highly functional space features an advanced structural beam system which is both strong and light. Brilliant daylighting shafts control and flood the floors with natural light, making the space much more enjoyable to work in.
Photo © Ignatio Bisbal
Situated in San Agustín del Guadalix, Madrid, the building is located on a long and narrow lot, which challenged the interior program. Large-format copy production takes place on the ground floor, and a mix of offices and display areas are located above. A very tight exterior metal skin coupled with an advanced HVAC helps control the interior climate.
The upper floors are supported by a double Y bracing system that transfers the weight to V wall supports. The structural system is held under tension by a cable system similar to a bridge. This structural design defines the identity of the entire building, and it can clearly be seen through the screened entrance.
Light control is essential for print production, so all of the windows are screened. Large light shafts penetrate the floor plates, diffusing light through colorful screens. The light becomes diffuse on the lower production level, illuminating the work place but not disrupting the chromatic pint quality. The overall effect is industrial yet gentle.
Images © Andrea Illan