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Re-Purposed Bus Stop Clad in Futuristic Metal Skin Lures Tourists to Northwest Spain

Posted By Tafline Laylin On September 5, 2012 @ 7:44 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Daylighting,Design,Gallery | No Comments

Alejandro García y Arquitectos, Spain, Aleixo, tourism, eco-tourism, adaptive reuse, recycled materials, futuristic design, green design, sustainable design, eco-design

Most of the existing structure was left alone, considerably reducing the amount of new materials required to complete this striking new adaptive reuse project [1] in Arteixo [2]. Despite a tight budget, the design team was able to give the building a brand new perforated metal skin. The geometric metal panels lend a futuristic feel to the place but also shield the interior from excess solar gain.

The screen provides shade but not to the detriment of natural daylight [3], which absolutely floods the interior. Although the natural wood and stone flooring contrasts with the angled modern cladding, we think the materials are ultimately harmonious. All in all, it’s hard to imagine that this new office was once a bus stop [4] and we sincerely hope that it reaches its intended goal of encouraging tourists to explore the magical areas of northwestern Spain.

+ Alejandro García y Arquitectos [5]

Via Arch Daily [6]

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[1] adaptive reuse project: http://inhabitat.com/tag/adaptive-reuse/

[2] in Arteixo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arteixo

[3] natural daylight: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylighting

[4] bus stop: http://inhabitat.com/indian-students-make-bamboo-bus-stop/

[5] + Alejandro García y Arquitectos: http://www.alexarquitecto.es

[6] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/269047/tourism-office-in-arteixo-alejandro-garcia-y-arquitectos/

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