Gallery: Radio Nacional de Espana’s New Headquarters Features a Smart F...

With a sophisticated passive solar design and an eye-catching facade, the Radio Nacional de Espana Headquarters by architects Ravetllat-Ribas brings sustainable building to the bustling city of Barcelona. The building's complex and rigorous façade is able to screen the sun on bright and hot days, but still allow for daylight to permeate through every room. The structure is situated in the historic industrial Poblenou neighborhood, which is currently undergoing revitalization as a new a tech district. While technology may be a big part of the Radio Nacional Headquarters, it’s the architect’s sensibility towards sustainable strategies that achieve much of the energy savings in the building, including a reduction of 50% in overall carbon emissions!

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  1. Taz Loomans August 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Agreed Jonce! Yes, these passive solar strategies usually cost a lot less than technical solutions and are often way more effective in reducing energy consumption.

  2. Jonce July 31, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Another stunning example of how good regional responsive design is always better than trying to “out-engineer” nature with HVAC systems.

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