This is the headquarters for the local savings bank.The building reproduces the scale of the surrounding small woods, a park of the Natura 2000 networking programme.
The floor plan has a chromosome shape with four arms. The structural concept is based on pairs of exterior metal supports, clad in stainless steel composite panels. One of the arms has been conceived as a 26 metre cantilever. In this case the concept changes and the pairs do not have any structural function.
A double height hall located in the heart of the building has its two façades enclosed by a work of art. They have been constructed with bright red polyurethane panels with a manually painted biological pattern. The idea is to identify the building as a live organism in motion. A black skin made of glass protects the inhabited spaces behind the stainless steel pairs.
Location: Madrid, Spain
Architect: Mozas Aguirre Arquitectos – Javier Mozas & Eduardo Aguirre
Client: Local Savings Bank – Caja Vital Kutxa Headquarters
Structural Engineer: NB 35, Madrid
Artists: Javier Perez: two walls and ceiling of the main hall / Miguel Gonzalez de San Román: paintings on the basement
Project year: 2005
Construction year: 2007
Site Area: 11,042 sqm
Constructed Area: 16,578 sqm
Photographs: Cesar San Millan