Mapfre Automovile Services Centre / Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos

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

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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 . <>