The new addition to the Madrid Carlos III University is the first educational building of its kind to obtain a LEED Platinum Certification in Spain. Design studio Beldarrain, which previously designed the amazing Azkoitia station extension clad in wooden railway sleepers, conceived the Carmen Martín Gaite building as a flexible space for learning with several sustainable features incorporated into its design.
The first building faces Madrid Street and is connected to an existing building via several walkways and a big foyer linking the new park with the rest of the campus. Concrete pillars are distributed along a grid reflected on the ventilated ceramic facade of the building, with large spans solved using post-tensioned slabs.
The facade was designed as a uniform surface clad with ceramic panels and windows scattered throughout to break up the monotony of the rhythm. The building combines two innovative concepts-a flexible approach to designing educational spaces and a growing commitment to environmental sustainability.
Photos by Francisco Berreteaga