Telefonica Headquarters, Madrid / Rafael de La-Hoz

Architect: Rafael de La-Hoz Castanys
Location: Madrid, España
Client: Telefónica de España S.A.
constructed Area: 390.000 sqm
Project’s directors: Hugo Berenguer, Siegfried Bürger, Francisco Arévalo, Miguel Maiza, Jesús Román, Carolina Fernández y Belén Rivera
Management directors: Rafael Quintana y Manuel Doménech
construction directors: Pilar Anastasio, Daniel González , Concha Peña y Félix Falcone
Landscape: Marion Weber

Master Plan: Jesús Román, Hugo Berenguer y Margarita Sánchez
Collaborators: Conchi Cobo, Beatriz Heras, Gonzalo Robles, Jacobo Ordás, Guillermo Vidal, Ascensión García, Javier Amrbruster, Karmen Marco, y Luise Wiegand
Technical Architects: Amaya Díaz del Cerio, Mercedes Esteban, Isabel Fernández y Rafael Vegas
Graphic Design & Model: Luis Muñoz, Fernando Mont, Víctor Coronel, Diego Mordkowicz, Camille Vidal, Álvaro Rivera, Ángel Arroyo y Daniel Roris
Project Management: Bovis Lend Lease
Structure Engineer: NB 35
Services Engineer: Rafael Úrculo-Pgi
Project Year: 2004-2008

Architect’s description

Telefonica, as the larger Spanish company, creates the strategic challenge of regroup its fourteen thousand employees in one and unique headquarters in Madrid.

A campus-headquarters vision, is designed after a long process of studding the liabilities, necessities and objectives definitions. This makes its conceptual flexibility and its homogeneous architecture a high financial value; nevertheless, with a strong architectural definition.

roof plan

Four identical phases with three concentrated buildings are placed in the corners of the site creating watchtowers defining the campus perimeter.

Inside the site, the administration, restaurants, clinic or gymnasiums are equally placed at all phases of the perimeter.

With a unique special system-created only for this project- and a extensive protective and sun accumulator overhang top, prevents a scattered perception of the complex. In this way congress as a unique building and a unique company.

Cite: "Telefonica Headquarters, Madrid / Rafael de La-Hoz" 22 Apr 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <>


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