Center for Technological Research CEIT+
With a very specific program and an austere budget, the project gathers in a single building a Center for Research on New Technologies and a School of Telecommunications Engineering. The new construction is located in the Basque Country, on the outskirts of San Sebastián in a park surrounded by tall pine trees, where there are other companies devoted to the same fields of study.
The sloping topography of the area is at the same time an inconvenience and the essential guideline for the project design. The building, whose interior layout addresses the compact logic of a program that basically alternates offices and laboratories in a double bay floor plan, concentrates the main decisions in section. Unlike the majority of surrounding constructions, in contact with the ground, this large volume is detached from the same to allow the entry of light on ground floor along the entire perimeter. This option provides a larger amount of quality space without having to increase the height of the building – which was strictly determined –, and also leaves space to place skylights that draw light into the large basement containing the machinery. The full height of the interior corridor dividing the area of offices and laboratories is also illuminated thanks to a sequence of skylights covering the section of the building.
A large bridge, which connects the retaining wall of the terrain and the building, houses the accesses. The tilted wall goes up without touching the volume in an attempt to define the relative “independence” of the piece with respect to the terrain. Over the void that is left between the building and the retaining wall, a huge cantilevering structure provides shelter from the rain and also establishes a spatial relationship – certainly ambiguous but real – with the drawn boundaries of the topography.
De Berio Pasealekua, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, España