CCS Control and Services Center / Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos

© Eloy Taboada

Architects: Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos
Location: Ferrol, ,
Project area: 2,130 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Eloy Taboada

© Eloy Taboada

As the prow of a ship ready to weigh anchor and set sail, on the hammer of the main dock of the Outer Harbour of Ferrol, opened to the views of the estuary. To meet this landscaping challenge is used a formal repertoire of pure volumetrys, integrated into the geometry of the dam itself and, secondly, they rely on the proper forms of naval architecture. From a functional point of view, the building houses the program uses proposed by the Port Authority, allowing from its upper floors the total perimeter view of the port and the estuary. An external ramp system allows saving the difference in height between the sea wall of the dam and access to the roof.

© Eloy Taboada
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Consequently, the priority objectives to be attained by the solution adopted are: a) Uniqueness and representation. The building must become, in the Outer Harbour, a landmark and focus. b) Functionality and flexibility. Both in the conception of space and structure design and facilities, the aim was versatility and adaptability for future changes as needed. c) Intelligent building and “high tech ” architecture. Provide the latest technologycal innovations, both in materials and facilities, setting an “intelligent building”and placing it within what is known as “high tech” architecture. d) Economy, Maintenance, Exploitation. Achieve a long-term economic investment based on the construction quality and ease design, reducing maintenance and operation costs. To achieve those objectives, we have adopted the following criteria basic design: 1. The building as a container. 2. Diaphanous spaces and transparency. 3. Energy efficiency.

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Cite: "CCS Control and Services Center / Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos" 28 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • andrew

    you see, now that’s what I’m talking about: pointy architecture looks good in harsh landscapes

  • design.language

    Very nice photography. That first image is so intriguing with the monochromatic blues.I like the harsh landscape and how the concrete cubes appear to tumble as they get closer to the water.

  • John

    Arch Daily – You might want to put just a little bit more effort into the embedded Google Map. Yes, there’s a disclaimer that the location is not exact, but in this case the location presented (hillside) is so far removed from the actual location (on the coast) that it is comical. I know you guys post a lot of projects, but it’s not a lot of effort to make the posts that much better by striving for more accuracy. I’m speaking from experience: