Cervera&Pioz were commissioned by the Ministry of Public Administration to adapt some existing local (an old garage) for the new headquarters of Seville Foreign Health. This project is nestled within the Ministry’s policy of reusing former official car garages, for not being in currently use and in precarious conditions.
Added the difficulty to respond to an elongated building with just a width of about 13 meters and an area of 1300 m2, which, to be adjoined to another section of the garage, had no natural lighting throughout the rear zone invalidating its use as a workplace.
The solution and design gave rise to the opening of an interior-skylight-garden in the rear zone for the penetration of natural light and cross ventilation, lowering air conditioning requirements. These interior-skylight-garden make the rear spaces usable for occupational purposes and are also elements that organized spatial and sensory richness of the whole.
The facade is a brand new construction. Due to its significant length, horizontality and one-story height, the facade is structured through a variable and dynamic geometry divisions wrapping the columns and marking the changes of direction, hence visually shortening the length. Built in corten steel, these pieces spatially organized external appearance of the building and gives a great personality. The facade, by design and size, has a very interesting urban role. The rest of the facade is characterized by horizontally torn windows that capture light as possible. The opaque parts have a tinted glass finish on a light green background. The public and staff entrances are transformed into outgoing volumes in the facade marking their importance.
Due to the hard sunlight conditions in Seville, we decided over a garden roof that reduces energy consumption. The landscaping design of the exterior garden also combines the aesthetic concepts with the generation of a micro-climate to soften the extreme heat of Seville.
After the appropriate analysis of sunlight and wind, we decided about sun protection glasses in joinery and interior-skylight-garden for cross ventilation inside the building and for natural light. Such interior-skylight-garden carry sensors for the automatic louvers opening. The exterior parking area comprises of canopies for shadowing and minimizing the impact of the sun during the day.Location: Sevilla, Spain Architect: Cervera & Pioz Arquitectos SLP Project name: Foreing Health Offices