Institute of Functional Biology and Genomics / Mata y Asociados

  • 01:00 - 28 November, 2012
Institute of Functional Biology and Genomics / Mata y Asociados, © Juan K. Ayala
© Juan K. Ayala
  • Architects

  • Location

    Salamanca Spain
  • Architect

    Salvador Mata Pérez
  • Design Team

    Myriam Vizcaino Bassi, Javier Encinas Hernández, Eduardo García García, Jaime Pedruelo Sánchez, Stefania Augliera, David Emiliano Fernández Mateos (model),
  • Engineers

    Euroestudios, A2V ingenieros
  • Contractor

  • Investor

  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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© Juan K. Ayala
© Juan K. Ayala

From the architect. The building is located on a plot at the end of Salamanca University Campus Miguel de Unamuno. Its topography is rugged, with a difference of up to 6 m between the outermost points. Taking this condition the implantation proposal starts off from a topological approach with two different input levels, allowing access further segregation by types and uses (vehicle access and representative pedestrian access at the lower and upper level, respectively).

© Juan K. Ayala
© Juan K. Ayala

The solution adopted led to the construction of a unitary and compact building, with a continuous and semi-transparent mask inspired in genetic coding processes, after which the plan is organized around eight functional large vertical holes (four indoor and four attached to the facade), thereby obtaining a foamed interior provided with natural lighting. The compaction of the program also allowed us to liberate most of the plot's surface, and to project terraced/landscaped plates to allow the coexistence of the outdoor leisure area with controlled parking strips.

© Juan K. Ayala
© Juan K. Ayala

The auditorium of amoeboid form, located on the northern head of the building, is configured as a (formal and constructively) differential element that marks the main entrance to the building. At the other extreme, a large concrete brackets allow shelter the space for expeditions (the other major access area) and hold cryogenic gas tanks.

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