Gallery: Zaragoza’s Solar-Powered Spanish Pavilion is Shielded by a Cer...

Rising like a poplar forest from the banks of the Ebro river, Francisco "Patxi" Mangado's sustainably built Spanish Pavilion boasts a brilliant brise soleil composed of 750 ceramic pillars. This field of pillars shelters the interior spaces from the strong Spanish sun, while a pond at the building's base creates a temperate microclimate that is 3°C cooler than the surrounding area. Drawing upon these roots, the building blossoms with an impressive bouquet of green building strategies ranging from locally sourced sustainable materials to a rainwater recycling system and a massive photovoltaic array set at the pavilion's peak. We recently had a chance check out this incredible building during Tile of Spain's Reign in Spain tour - read on for an exclusive look inside!

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  1. amir Yarrow March 8, 2011 at 8:40 am

    too bad it never rains in Spain
    not even in the plains
    and how will they grow that lawn?
    negative water consamption
    how much energy that wonderful ceramic thing consumed?
    is that an algea plume or silted dam

  2. herman miller santa rosa February 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Love that the roof is recycling rainwater. Very intriguing building. trope group

  3. Amanda Eden February 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Caravel, might be the other way around. The Spanish Pavilion in Zaragoza was completed in early 2008.

  4. caravel February 28, 2011 at 8:34 am

    We don’t expect architects to reinvent the wheel but you might say that this was inspired by Carmody Groarke’s Regent’s Place Pavilion

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