Alfonso Gomez Street Office Building / PPST Arquitectura

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architects: Samuel Ruiz Torres de Carvalho, Pedro Palmero Cabezas, architects
Location: Madrid, Spain
Project Team: Alfonso Górriz Figuera, Laura Peique Simón, Elena Gómez Agüero, Oscar Poveda Pérez, Oscar Pozuelo López, Javier Romero
Administrative Assistance: Mar Secades Pérez, Gema Esteban Abad
Structure: Jesús Hierro Sureda
Technical Equipment: Senorsa
Construction: Konin 22
Project Area: 6,638 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The building is located in an industrial area of Madrid which has been under a process of transformation over the past few years in which the old industrial premises are being replaced by new buildings of mixed use, housing new activities like small firms of software development, design or film production.

This industrial environment is reflected in the materials used on this project: and perforated steel plate.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The building assumes a relatively compact shape that stretches out and occupies the depth of the plot.

To provide natural light to all the working spaces, a courtyard was created which, with its irregular shape, multiplies the reflexions and the perception of the space, in a joyful contrast with the austere exterior. The courtyard acts as a big lobby, with glazed elevators, giving access to each floor through an open loggia.

typical floor plan
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Each floor is organized as an open working space whose shape, dimension and proximity to the façade allows different layouts. All the service spaces are lined along the North wall, facing the adjacent building.

The exterior façades provide, with their perforated steel plate skin, good natural lighting and at the same time, good solar protection and a sense of enclosure. At night, the apparently windowless building reveals its glowing interior.

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Cite: "Alfonso Gomez Street Office Building / PPST Arquitectura" 15 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • up_today_arch

    The atrium is nice. But, actualy, I always thought that all piece of building should be under one general idea. In this case intresting solution for atrium appears suddenly and not translated to elevations. It is a little bit unusual.

  • GLK

    What is it about this building/site that makes women with handbags stare forlornly to the south?

  • Herr K

    a simple but elegant design. the courtyard is a nice counterpart to the simple volume.

  • AV

    Let’s not forget this is an office building, not a modern art gallery – as such i have to say it has great natural light and the atrium is just as wonderful as the rest of the details. Great use of glass!Congrats!!!

    Yes it is very unusual for woman in the south to wear handbags…. should be banned