Located in the middle of the sea, on the hammer of the dock, opened to the impressive view of Ría de Ares, the first challenge that assumes the projected building is, undoubtedly, the landscape. In order to answer this challenge, it is used a formal repertoire based on pure volumes that, on the one hand, are integrated in the geometry of the dock and, on the other, are sent to the typical forms of the naval architecture.
Special characteristics of the site/materials used in the project
The interesting location entailed a high standard in terms of structural strength due to the thrust produced by the wind, as this is a very exposed area. Similarly, the high salinity of the environment, led us to study in detail all building systems and support to prevent premature degradation of materials. The building is thought to be a landmark to act as a lighthouse, being the center of the port that attracts attention.From this appeared the idea of a glass building with transparece that gives light to the port and that also allowed to perform the oversight function with a perfect view from the inside. On the other hand, every landmark should be a claim and as such it would have to behave as a place of refuge, as an area of calm amid the storm surrounding it. Here came the idea of creating a building with a double deck and double facade.
Doubling the cover would create a middle area from which to perceive all that happen outside and at the same time have a shelter. With a dual facade the buiding would get protection while having perfect vision of all port activity. The outside façade of aluminum slats, would protect from the sun, rain and wind, and the interior, all glass, would make a perfect vision at a time isolation would achieve focused on energy efficiency.
In terms of volume, in order to adapt perfectly to the dam, it was decided to fit the geometry to the form of the hammer, divided vertically into five levels. With the intention of creating greater protection, we thought to focus applications in the first and second level, leaving the ground floor for access, facilities and warehouses, and the third as a large terrace which offers views of port activity from outside and shelter.Location: Ferrol, Galicia, España Arquitects: Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos [Lucas Díaz Sierra, Gustavo Díaz García] Antonio Desmonts Sierra Project: CCS Control and Servicies Center for the Port Authority of Ferrol in colaboration with Antonio Desmonts Sierra Date: 2010 Typology: Infrastructure Client: Port Authority of Ferrol – San Cibrao Area: 2 130 m² Photographer: Eloy Taboada