Francisco MANGADO

Technical and Logistics Center OIKEN+



13.036 m2

Una industria es un lugar de producción pero también, y sobre todo, un lugar de trabajo funcional, donde además de la lógica, que sin duda es muy importante, también debe estar muy presente la derivada de los valores espaciales, de la representación y, principalmente, de comodidad en el trabajo.

Together with the aspects related to efficiency and the most sensible and logical arrangement of the plot and the functional relationships, we intend our proposal to take into account the cultural, symbolic and landscape context of the geographical area in which it is located. A contextual response that has much to do with the territory and the construction of the rural area. Our proposal is inspired by the architecture that we can see in the nearby mountains and landscapes, in a vernacular architecture of powerful roofs that, properly interpreted in contemporary terms, can effectively accommodate the use of storage, distribution service and offices, object of the competition.

The constructive type thus defined, will define a very integrated image and, especially in the office area, will produce the sensation of working in a pleasant and “domestic” environment, in a more friendly and human atmosphere.

The organization of the architectural complex follows a very clear scheme in terms of plot occupation and functionality. It is structured according to a system of parallel bands located approximately in the center of the plot. These structural bands are arranged in an east-west direction. The northernmost band, the longest, houses the office uses and becomes the axis that communicates these uses with the storage uses located and organized in the most efficient way from the geometrical point of view and its location in the plot that makes possible an easy operation in the interior and access for loading and unloading of supply trucks. On the west side, with a broken shape and differentiated in plan, there is another body of offices that will be dedicated to renting. The plan form of this body tries to create a concave space in the center, generating a kind of “square” in the set, a pleasant and landscaped place, representative of the idea of coexistence at work that assumes the company that creates the industrial complex created, where the space dedicated to a cafeteria is located. A central place, equidistant from all the uses of the building, where all the workers of the complex and visitors can gather.



7GGF+HQ Sierre, Suiza

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.
Office Building for Gamesa Eólica
The building is configured as a large excavated mineral, open in its interior to let the landscaped gardens become part of the construction all the way to its geometric center. The exterior perimeter, clear and delimited, contrasts with the broken and open interior one. As much the geometry of the building as its external materialization, with laminar glass sheets that have in their interior a stainless steel mesh that generates reflections and mineral textures with the impact of light, stress this idea of configuring a mineral piece, attractive in formal terms.So conceived, the piece rests in the 'place' and makes it its own. The plot is not a mere perimeter of the building, but actually becomes part of it creating spatial and visual complexities, blurring and enriching the boundary between interior and exterior. This circumstance makes it possible to establish a fruitful dialogue between the building and the place.The project had to include a broad and relatively complex program divided into functional areas. During the work process there were several meetings with the client to determine the functional organization of the building, but the more conceptual decisions linked to the architecture are the ones that have given the complex functional clarity and, in the end, sufficient capacity to adapt to the changes of future programs.The exterior perimeter is configured with the spaces and offices that, according to the program, must be enclosed, with acoustic privacy. The interior perimeter, flowing onto the large gardened central space, takes on the spatial character of an open-plan office.Though the perimeter of the building is not closed (it is substantially a U-shaped floor plan), there is a level, the upper one, where the perimeter is extended by way of a “bridge” that permits the communication of uses without unnecessary circulation movements. The exterior perimeter of the building is oriented towards the south, east and west; and the large interior garden, more protected, faces north. The whole exterior facade is designed as a double glazed and ventilated facade whose climatic properties, especially in winter, are well known. The interior space is protected from wind and, generously lined as it is with tall trees, becomes a cool place in summer, a lung that guarantees natural air-conditioning.
New Technologies Training Center
The proposal for the Center for New Technologies of Santiago de Compostela is based on two essential ideas. The first one springs from the conception of the place and its process of topographic adaptation, and the second entails a sense of efficiency. Efficiency having to do in this case both with the speed in which the project must be executed and with the fact, strictly functional, that the resulting building may need to undergo variations in program over the years.The building is laid out in two parallel pieces separated by a large glazed courtyard. The first piece rests on the higher and narrower area of the site, and contains the access as well as all the uses which may be considered ‘complementary’ to the academic and other general activities of the building (control, administration, services and systems); and the second piece goes up on the lower area of the terrain, oriented towards the south, orderly and smoothly gathering all the classrooms and workshops in such a way that these can be subdivided or brought together in accordance with the different needs and circumstances. Both pieces are connected by a series of bridges, more or less wide, which hover above a landscaped surface full of trees. A wider piece (supported off by the two prisms and located next to the entry to provide direct access from the exterior) contains the assembly hall. The cafeteria and library take up a relevant position in the upper part of the building with panoramic views onto the horizon and the buildings that surround the church of Santa Mercé.The surrounding terrain thereby manages to sneak into the building in the form of a garden, structuring the construction as a sequence of volumes adapted to the topography where the rich and textured granite walls, retaining and enclosure walls, shall engage in dialogue establishing a contrast with the smooth walls clad in marine aluminum sheet treated with sand and glass blasting, the two materials that define the final appearance of the building. The adopted solution is also expressed through a logical construction system. The tight construction deadlines suggested developing a system of structures based on prefabricated concrete and light and dry construction. Considering the assigned uses, and their foreseeable variation, the systems are mainly exposed.
Dome of Technology of Zamora
The Technology Dome is to rise on the outskirts of Zamora, on land much marked by the footprints of agricultural, industrial, and service-sector activities, traversed by important infrastructures, irrigation channels, and the stationary bed of the Valderaduey, a tributary of the Duero. Our project seeks to lead the way in bringing out the rich potential of a place that may at first go unnoticed, but possesses a wealth of references and elements that have yet to find their role in the landscape. In view of works planned for the area, the Dome is conceived to be the visible head of a large corporate park of uses tied to the most important advances in agriculture and industry.The landscaping strategy is intended to revive some local farming traditions and to implant them through compositional criteria, in such a way that they come through with an aesthetic component, alongside anthropological, patrimonial, and productive factors. A simple geometry will incorporate some native plants – with clearings in between for recreational and sport activities, parking, etc. – and its dialogue with the irrigation ditches and the changing landscape created by the swelling of the Valderaduey will serve as support for the constructions, which will go up at a pace adapted to economic circumstances and chancing needs.The criteria for the design of the buildings point to industrialization and to units as large and complete as possible. The units are based on planes, bays or fragments of facade prepared in the factory and assembled on site, or on a system of assembling large three-dimensional units.All the construction processes will be carried by dry systems, except the composite slabs. The arrangement of the units seeks to protect the premises from a confusing environment by creating a sheltered courtyard that will serve as a reception space, but it also seeks to take on importance in the landscape, and thus makes one of its pieces rise to a height that will make it visible from the road and the train.