We’ve seen various architecture offices on our site, yet this one gets close to the top of the list. Located in the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, the Abaton Architecture Headquarters building resembles the type of contemporary house that we usually publish on our website. According to the architects, “the main objective was that the building itself be a landmark within the estate and to show ÁBATON’s work in a neat and symbolic manner. It is a multi-purpose area that has a show-room, offices and the construction company’s warehouse“.
“The concrete façade was set back and a tree-lined area was given over to a public path suggesting a friendly environment. The storeroom of construction materials is set in a space which is 9 meters deep providing cool air to the working areas during the summer months by way of currents of air. The under floor heating system with condensing boilers, has an absorption machine incorporated to produce cool air in the summer run on solar panels and vacuum capacitors set on the roof top“. We have to admit all these sustainable features are very impressive- and when you correlate them with the remarkable interior design, the overall image you get is definitely not bad for an office space!
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.