Façade, IDOM Madrid Headquarters

This work was a collaboration with IDOM to design a facade pattern for their new headquarters in Madrid. The building is located in the Montecarmelo area and overlooks to the radial highway M40. The building seats on a concrete plinth and due to the plot inclination the volume is perceived as a floating rectangular vessel. Idom engineers, did several energy analysis to determine the correct balance between transparency and solid in the South, East and West facade. In contrast, the North facade was planned as a transparent glass panel with vertical louvers. The material selected for the cladding was flat metal corten steel sheets, cut with CNC laser. The cuts in the metal sheets were developed with 2 objectives: Visual connection to the outside and to create the stack effect between the inner layer (glass panel) and the outer layer (corten steel sheets). Therefore, the transparency should be distributed in horizontal stripes for the windows and to control the wind movement in the facade.

At the beginning, the project followed different directions in order to find the right path design. Meanwhile, the final agreement with the manufacturer was in discussion.

As a result, the design evolved from an organic pattern to a mathematical result. In total, the facade hold ~600,000 perforations.

Early design explorations



Mathematical patterns



this is an small amount of the explored patterns



Results, the facade finished





Detailed view. It's possible to perceive the separation between both layers


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Written on Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:04:48 by
JARC

COMO CAMBIA LA PERCEPCION DEL DISEÑO CUANDO SE APLICA A LA REALIDAD…

Written on Mon, 11 Apr 2011 22:33:48 by
Fernando

Bravo Charlie!