Francisco MANGADO

Building for new Norvento Headquarter +



To feel, at work, as if you were home. Wherever you look, plants and trees close by, surrounding you. In a hut you withdraw into. A peaceful place with a human scale.

To feel as if your work space were independent, not within an impersonal office building where you are just another employee, one of many, with no chance of personalizing your space, your relationship with other employees.

To work like a freelance but knowing that you are part of an enterprise and a collective responsibility named Norvento. To design an easily recognizable image to identify with, something different from what’s usual in office buildings. To come up with a simple architecture. So simple and logical that it comes across as subtle and emotive. No more screaming, no more sophisticated materials and complex architectures. A silent but highly attractive architecture. To draw attention? Yes, but to its elegance and discreetness. In this way architecture presents itself as the physical exponent of a corporate attitude. The design must clearly reflect the clarity of the program, where each department is immediately and independently identifiable, yet departments can easily relate to one another.

Lugo, España

PREMIOS FAD 2018. Categoría Arquitectura.
Premios FAD:Finalist Project. Building for new Norvento HeadquarterSelected Project. Congress Center and Hotel. Palma de Mallorca
The American Architecture Prize 2017:Building for new Norvento Headquarter.  Winner in Architectural Design / Other Architecture.Congress Center and Hotel in Palma de Mallorca. Honorable mention. 
Barcelona Building Construmat 2017 Award
Barcelona Building Construmat 2017 Award. Category Architecture.Finalist: Building for new Norvento Headquarter in Lugo.
VII ENOR Elevators Awards
Finalist project: Building for new Norvento Headquarters in Lugo.
XII Edition of the FASSA BARTOLO International Award for Sustainable Architecture
FASSA BARTOLO International Award for Sustainable Architecture.  Promoted by the Facoltà di Architettura, Università degli Studi di Ferrrara.Silver Medal: Building for new Norvento Headquarter in Lugo.
International Prize for Sustainable Architecture : Twelfth edition
International Prize for Sustainable Architecture : Twelfth edition
Competition for the Building of New Norvento Headquarters
First Prize.
Reflections on Norvento´s New Autonomous Headquarters. Pablo Fernández Castro · Francisco Mangado
Platform #14 : Lesley Lokko - Hope
ISSN: 2420-9090
On Diseño #374 : Workspaces
AV Monographs #193-194 : Spain Yearbook
ISSN: 0213-487X
La galerie d'architecture Exhibition Catalog
Future Arquitecturas #41-42
AV Proyectos #47: Dossier Foster
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.