'offices in zamora' by alberto campo baeza
image © javier callejas sevilla
all images courtesy of alberto campo baezas
situated within the medieval center of the city of zamora, spain, the new office building occupies the old church garden, near the river and facing
the cathedral and its square. the architects, madrid-based studio alberto campo baeza, played with a simple and powerful dichotomy of material
and space, the synchronicity and unity of heavy and light, earth and air. a mammoth stone wall encloses the angular footprint of the site with simple
voids strategically creating apertures in the solid membrane, creating moments to view the outer world. at the entrance, a cornerstone with the phrase
'HIC LAPIS ANGULARIS MAIO MMXII POSITO' engraved into it's face, representing the past, deeply rooted into the soil: the memory. upon crossing
the colossal threshold the feeling of weight and solidity are lifted in a serene courtyard where the floors and walls are made of the same tranquil rock,
interrupted on occasion by a tree whose color is intensified by the soft neutral tones of the surroundings.
in the middle, white slender columns support thin floor planes wrapped in a double glass skin made up of panels measuring 6 meters by 3 meters,
1.2 centimeters thick. its crystalline structure is composed entirely of glass planes and clear structural silicon, including the corners, trapping within
the interstitial gap the true material of the building: air. a complete inversion from the outer wall that defines the property, the office spaces in turn
offer complete thermally controlled transparency, on the corner of which 'HOC VITRUM ANGULARIS MAIO MMXII POSITO' is marked with acid
looking towards the sky: the future.
architects: alberto campo baeza, pablo fernández lorenzo, pablo redondo díez, alfonso gonzález gaisán, francisco blanco velasco
location: obispo manso, 1. zamora
client: junta de castilla y león. consejería de hacienda
area: 12.100 m2
architects collaborators: ignacio aguirre lópez, miguel ciria hernández
other collaborators: alejandro cervilla garcía, emilio delgado martos, petter palander, sergio sánchez muñoz
structural engineer: eduardo díez - ideee
mechanical engineer: úrculo ingenieros
quantity surveyor: juan josé bueno crespo
glass consultant: josé pablo calvo busello
contractor: ute edificio consejo consultivo: dragados - san gregorio
stone work: areniscas de los pinares
glass curtain: proinller
roofing installation: intemper
stainless steel work: dacin
concrete paving: argapref
painted resin paving: rinol rocland suesco, s.l.
gypsum board work: zamorana de aislamientos termo-acústicos
wood work: hnos. garcía santiago, s.a.
hvac: atil cobra
furnitures: nuar (sellex), dacin, ciprés (formica)
gardening: viveros gimeno salamanca s.l.
awning/curtains: ladis protección solar s.l.