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Epsilon Euskadi / ACXT

  • 01:00 - 2 March, 2010
Epsilon Euskadi / ACXT
Epsilon Euskadi / ACXT, © Francisco Berreteaga
© Francisco Berreteaga

© Francisco Berreteaga © Francisco Berreteaga © Francisco Berreteaga © Francisco Berreteaga +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Alava Technology Park, Miñano, Vitoria – Gasteiz, Spain
  • Architects

  • Project Architect

    Javier Pérez Uribarri
  • Project Team

    Oscar Ferreira Da Costa, Beatriz Pagoaga, Marc Rips, Daniela Bustamante, Ricardo Moutinho, Xabier Aparicio, Ana Esteruelas, Juan Dávila
  • Engineering

    (Idom) Gorka Viguri Roa, Natalia Sagasti, Elena Guezuraga, Camino López, Francisco Javier Sánchez, Beatriz Lorenzo.
  • Site Supervisors

    Javier Pérez Uribarri, Gorka Viguri Roa (Idom) Y Fernando Tobalina (Sainsa)
  • Client

    Epsilon Euskadi and Alava Technology Park
  • Contractor

  • Area

    15748.38 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Epsilon Euskadi is a Motor Racing Innovation and Technology Research Centre that integrates three activities: 1) Design: R&D&I and production of state-of-the-art racing cars; 2) Racing team management: team competitors in the Le Mans 24 Hours, World Series by Renault, Formula Renault 3.5, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Megane, Karting; and aiming for the 2011 Formula 1; 3) Advanced education: offering a Master’s Degree in Motorsport Engineering.

© Francisco Berreteaga
© Francisco Berreteaga

A rolling-road wind tunnel to test car models at a 50-60% scale, different types of laboratories, paint cabins, clean rooms to manufacture carbon fibre bodywork, autoclaves for curing bodywork, maintenance workshops, administration and management offices, master’s classrooms and up to five types of circulation areas (manufacture, maintenance, education, development and visits) are defined within a building of compact design, meant to provide functional proximity and an interior transparency to facilitate visual communication among different areas.

© Francisco Berreteaga
© Francisco Berreteaga

The areas for vehicle production and maintenance are located on the ground floor. Research, education, design and management areas are located on the first floor. Two large interior patios, one above the manufacturing site and the other above the race car maintenance workshop, allow for interior visual communication as well as providing a large amount of natural light to the inside of the building. The abundance of natural light inside contrasts with the solidity, the almost blinded appearance, that the building presents to the outside, and that protects the confidentiality of the work going on inside.

© Francisco Berreteaga
© Francisco Berreteaga

The facade was designed of prefabricated concrete panels. A glass textile (Texturglas-type) covering in black was attached to the concrete panels, with the intention of establishing a formal analogy with one of the materials most used by the client: carbon fibre. Various materials were used for the interior coverings: on the ground level, mostly ceramic tiles on the walls and floors; on the first storey, carpet on the floors and painted plasterboard on the walls. The ceiling roofs are sheets of aluminium or painted plasterboard, depending on the zone.

© Francisco Berreteaga
© Francisco Berreteaga

The use of aerodynamic forms inspired by the vehicles designed by the client is a constant throughout all of the building’s design. On the facade, the few windows present are boxes with rounded corners, made with composite panels. Surrounding each window are stainless steel tubes that simulate airflow lines similar to those produced by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations; the tubes also serve to help dissipate the solar radiation on the facade, since the stability of the inside temperature is very important in many of the processes that take place in the building. The rectangular form with curved edges is also used for the design of the interior windows, the door frames and even the designs of the lights used in offices and hallways.

The tunnel site, a key part of the visitors’ tour, has been designed and lighted theatrically – with indirect lighting, other lights under the tunnel to give it the appearance of floating and sound-absorbing sheets of silvered aluminium – to focus on what it represents for the client: the most valuable tool in the whole building.

© Francisco Berreteaga
© Francisco Berreteaga

The complex building services and the teams that require the various programmed uses are integrated into the building so that they hardly show from the outside. A large box girder extends over each interior patio, really an uncovered patio to house teams that need contact with the exterior. In addition, next to the tunnel area on the west facade, a large patio -- at 12 metres it is as tall as the building -- extends the length of the facade and contains climate control units and all the high-voltage electricity building services. The equipment is thus very accessible for maintenance and the roof is kept mostly clear.

© Francisco Berreteaga
© Francisco Berreteaga

On the outside, the building’s volume is amplified with a porch area for the racing car team trucks and a large canopy that covers the visitor access areas, both the entrance and the car park. To highlight the three building entrances – visitor, personnel and service – red boxes with rounded corners are again used. Three types of exterior illumination have been designed: A) perimeter lighting, partly with fluorescent tubes, that highlights the steel tubes and leaves the black facade in the background; combined with LED strips that outline the red boxes on the facade; B) in the car park, metallic halogen lights, avoiding a homogenous look in favour of a chiaroscuro effect, concentrating the light on the trees; and C) for the canopy and truck porch, also metallic halogen lights, illuminated with lights built-in to the floor, thus highlighting the lines of the roof.The access road to the port is 15 metres wide and paved in asphalt, the only way it could be done. The colour chart used – red, white, black, silvers and grey – is based on the client’s corporate colours.

© Francisco Berreteaga
© Francisco Berreteaga
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Arquitectura ES · February 23, 2011
Ned A. Steinman · November 18, 2010

Who said industrial buildings can&#39t be great #architecture? I love this: ArchDaily:

Zied · September 22, 2010

Any plans, sections.....etc
I'd love to c them
I'm workin on a "science and technology park" graduation project. R&D sort of buildings

Rafa · March 10, 2010

Does anybody know the material(s) used for the large white canopy on the outside. See first image.

Javier Pérez Uribarri · April 12, 2010 02:32 PM


Cristian Inchaurregui · March 09, 2010

Elegant design, logic never looked so sexy.

Alex Peris Vila · March 09, 2010

arquitectura brutal !

Nicholas Patten · March 04, 2010

Nicely Designed: Epsilon Euskadi.

that's what she · March 03, 2010


JP · March 03, 2010

couldnt really understand where is the architecture in this one.

up_today_arch · March 03, 2010

Good look! Nothing special about architecture, but perfect design... I like this, very clous to my view on building.

hovaard · March 03, 2010

the future is now! very appropriate and modern for real. love it.

Wolfito Prix · March 03, 2010

Totalmente comercial. Sin tensión ni dinamismo.
Parece un supermercado en Holanda o Austria.....Pasmosa mediocridad que por tratarse de ACXT, sorprende bastante.

alex · March 03, 2010 08:03 PM

I wish I could go to the supermarkets in the Netherlands or Austria that you've been to. I thinks this building is very ok if you think that it's just an industrial building.

Bocetos Digitales · March 03, 2010

Epsilon Euskadi / ACXT: © Francisco Berreteaga
Architects: ACXT
Location: Alava Technology Park, Miñano, Vitoria –...

bluevertical · March 02, 2010

RT @archdaily: Epsilon Euskadi by ACXT #architecture #interiordesign #design #minimalism #spain *quite sculptural

Mike · March 02, 2010

I already see this as a location for a rockmusic-video or action-movie .. they've created some wicked looking spots there.

Michell J. Cardona · March 02, 2010

not sure about the awning but i guess it goes with the overal scale of design...

archiDE · March 02, 2010

RT @archdaily: Epsilon Euskadi / ACXT

Architecture+Molding · March 02, 2010

Epsilon Euskadi / ACXT: © Francisco Berreteaga
Architects: ACXT
Location: Alava Technology Park, Miñano, Vitoria –...

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