Surrounded by Barcelona’s seaside buildings — including Frank Gehry’s ‘Fish’ — the Biomedical Research Park seems to be floating just above the ground. The building spans a whopping 600,000 square foot over 9-floors, and its entire exterior facade is clad in red cedar louvers that protect the interior from heavy sunlight and hot Spanish summers. Long decked balconies for socializing and breathing fresh salty air have been placed throughout the building’s internal facade, providing researchers with a great working environment.
A central courtyard provides daylighting while sheltering three olive trees and some stark concrete seats. The interior spaces are minimal and modern, with concrete ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and wood paneling matching the building’s protective shell. Energy-efficient, iconic, and open to the sea, Barcelona’s Biomedical Research Park stands out from the crowd.
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