Business parks are traditionally known for planting more buildings in an open landscape than actual flora. Luckily, Rafael de la Hoz Architects have designed a building in one such park that is conscious of its footprint, making sure to take up the least amount of ground space possible, while respecting and celebrating the surrounding landscape. Located at the Cristalia Business Park in the “Campo de las Naciones” of Madrid, the new building is home to A.M.A. Insurance's headquarters and has a cool metallic facade that brings a little futurism to the area.
In order to balance on its minimalist ground level, the enormous building features two 25 foot raised cantilevers. These angled ends house the client reception area and an auditorium. The open glass facade of that space allows for a view of the landscape to climb into the slanted wall windows. The auditorium also fits perfectly into the slope design of the building’s other end.
The glass and steel exterior facades reflect the tensions and balance needed to support the building, making it look like a giant see- saw. Steel beams zig zag across and encase the glass structure, providing not only an incredible visual harmony but also helping to keep the building cool and bright. In preserving the business park landscape, the A.M.A. Headquarters building is an example of what innovative design can do to preserve and respect a structures natural surroundings.
images from Duccio Malagamba