ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Services
  4. Spain
  5. Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos
  6. 2010
  7. Mapfre Automovile Services Centre / Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos

Mapfre Automovile Services Centre / Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 3 December, 2012
Mapfre Automovile Services Centre / Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos
Mapfre Automovile Services Centre / Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán + 37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Alcorcón. Madrid. Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Miguel Bernardini, Aurelie Beriot, Jorge Consuegra
  • Collaborators

    Jorge Consuegra, Delphine Blanc, Claire Seze, Lucile Labat, Daniel Rojas, Marcus Carus
  • Rigger

    Saturnino Molina, Natalia Gonzalez Pericot
  • Structure

    Pablo Nieto Cabezas
  • Installations

    Antonio Carrión Ingenieros
  • Consultants

    Jose Ramón Perez, Nieves Plaza, Lourdes Fernandez
  • Area

    4,500 sqm
  • Year

  • Photography

    Miguel de Guzman, Cortesia de Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos

From the architect. The building is the result of an architectural competition fostered by Spain’s leading car insurance company, Mapfre, calling for a new tipology responding to an innovating service offered to its clients: a centre where damaged cars are taken by the client, expertised and stored before distribution to external repair centres.

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

The projet aspires to translate the functional optimization of its program into formal resolution, while aiming for a rotund and highly visible image.

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

Elevating the vehicle storage element off-ground configures a powerful image of the building in the long distance and generates the public nucleus beneath as a great unified space where vehicle expertising, delivery and pick-up takes place. The client service office cuts out against this space as a singular pavilion. Behind these public areas is the ramp leading to first floor and basement and vehicle loading/unloading from trucks takes place.

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

First floor is dedicated mainly to vehicle storage, with all heating, cooling and water and electrical services placed above the ramp. The whole floor is wrapped in a perforated metal sheet, which allows veiled views of parked cars; its impressive corporate red endows the building a powerful and easily identifiable image. The basement is also dedicated to vehicle storage, services and a car wash.

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

Given the special characteristics of its use circulations have been carefully studied. Vehicle circulation is based on a two-ring scheme, one for client circulation and the other for internal use, which are tangent in the public area, where vehicle exchange takes place.

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

Construction is clearly divided between underground, with reinforced concrete diaphragm walls and pillars, and above ground. Here HEM steel pillars support a series of parallel 1.50m high PVS steel beams, supporting a secondary order of Boyd beams on which the first floor rests. This is a concrete slab on a collaborating corrugated metal sheet, calculated so as to avoid the need for support during concreting.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Mapfre Automovile Services Centre / Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos" [Centro de Servicio del Automóvil / Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos] 03 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>