Madrid breaks ground on a cylindrical green superstructure

Inhabitat
January 26, 2009
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION : GREEN, PROJECTS, SOLAR

Recently Mansilla + Tunon Architects broke ground on a stunning new project that will introduce an iconic green superstructure to Madrid’s skyline. The International Convention Center features a unique cylindrical building facade lined with solar panels and concave curves that suffuse its interiors with daylight. The plan will also introduce 80,000 square meters of green space to the city and will house an extensive rainwater catchment system.

The CICCM was designed by Mansilla + Tunon Architects in collaboration with Matilde Peralta. It will be 110 meters tall and will comprise around 100,000 square meters worth of built space in addition to an extensive expanse of green areas. The building is particularly striking due to its radical shape--it is essentially a cylinder that has been stood on its side and partially buried on the ground. The entire building is lined with photovoltaic panels and covered in glass, which will significantly improve the daylight access to each floor, according to a Jan. 26 Inhabitat report.

Read full article