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Basque Health Department Headquarters in Bilbao / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 3 October, 2008
Basque Health Department Headquarters in Bilbao / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
Basque Health Department Headquarters in Bilbao / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

Basque Health Department Headquarters in Bilbao / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Basque Health Department Headquarters in Bilbao / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Basque Health Department Headquarters in Bilbao / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Basque Health Department Headquarters in Bilbao / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos +38

  • Location

    Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
  • Collaborators

    Fernando de la Maza, Jorge Bilbao, Pablo Castro, Gorka García
  • Structure

    Mintegia y Bilbao
  • Budget

    12,935,436 EURO (US $17,9M)
  • Electrical Consultant

    ndotec
  • Safety

    Tesysal
  • Area

    9200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2004

From the architect. The lot locates in the crossroad of the two most important streets of the Ensanche (1862) in Bilbao. The restrictive city zoning rules force to repeat the existing building typology, reducing penthousing, chamfering corners and rising a tower. The building groups together vertical communications and general services within a bone, a prism next to the dividing wall that serves to seven open-plan floors for offices. Above these, there are two more level for institutional and representative uses. The meeting room are placed at the top of the building, into the tower. By the contrary, the Auditory and its services rooms are in the cellar. Under all of this level exist three more floors used just for employees parking.

A double facade solves not only zoning rules requirements but also energetic, fire-resistant and acoustic insulation ones. This duplicated plane is not just a wrapper but a volume between Bilbao and the inner space. This element allows to breath the building.

In the other hand, that folded element produces multiple views of the city, and changing its appearance depending on the point of view , the hour and the season. The objective of this element is introduce the mutability, the dynamic spirit of the city.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Basque Health Department Headquarters in Bilbao / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos" 03 Oct 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/7093/basque-health-department-headquarters-in-bilbao-coll-barreu-arquitectos/>
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30 Comments

John Roberts · May 12, 2012

Everybody stop and look at this building: http://t.co/osYStugP

Francisco Lavin · January 18, 2012

This building is from a dream!

Chantale · December 02, 2011

If you need me, I&#39ll be in Bilbao. http://t.co/KEqqBPBB

Dreamwalls Glass · November 30, 2011

The Basque Health Dep. in Spain is one of the most beautiful glass buildings I have ever seen! http://t.co/ZrKb9hTr ^HW via @archdaily

James Wright · November 20, 2011

The Basque Health Department HQ in Bilbao is nuts but in a good way. http://t.co/nIZkZsvc

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ygogolak · November 12, 2009

They don't require handrails in Spain?

the uninformed observer · November 11, 2009

Seems a (rarely) complete natural in its setting. I enjoy the facade-ness that comes to mind in particular here as it informs its beaux-arte neighbors of their own, facades. The plain and horizontal restraint chosen as interior are half of the brilliant equation framing the view out- massive joy. Great work, thank you.

arch student from WI · November 11, 2009

Too bad we didn't sneak up in it when we had the chance...and only one floor was lit up when we went there at night, and not for long at that. Besides that, it was pretty cool.

Tarek sakkal · May 06, 2009

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww

yeoman · February 08, 2009

I'm from the UK, and there has been an awful trend for many years.

Georgian

Lazy architects and town planners have allowed villages to grow into towns using faux-goergian architecture, the only symbolisation that that represents is lies, untruths, which to be honest is a fair representation of local authorities.

I would love to see unique and thought provoking design, such as this being brought to housing as well as office complexes, there is so much great design out there, yet they are still building lies.

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kirma eleme · December 15, 2008

wow . . . it's amazing . . .

vollmad · October 09, 2008

it's a shame the interior spaces don't profit from the cristalline geometry, is architecture nowadays only about designing cool "shells" with nothing inside?

sullka · October 07, 2008

beautiful, specially the night pics.

Now, this is what "starchitects" should be doing, Saha, Gehry...take notes on this one.

My only comment, not really a critic, is that the main entrance could have been better, not just 2 regular glass doors.

JC · October 06, 2008

Loving this. The wireframe structure is just so beautiful.

Elizier · October 06, 2008

This is interesting, it looks to me like the architects intended on this arguable design for that very purpose, to treat the passers-by who look at all the surrounding buildings, that are congruent to each other, to an aesthetic adrenaline rush.

This would be more of an artistic piece than it would be a practical one.

But i have to agree with yrag, the design could have been less aggressive. That pillar that shoots out at the top makes the entire structure so dominating.

I agree with the idea, the execution, not so much.

MKK · October 06, 2008

Love it.

The contrast between the busy exterior and restrained orthogonal interior spaces is what makes it work well. A busy internal composition would just be obvious.

Facade looks like it has a fair amount of ventilation to me.

Simon · October 05, 2008

I have to agree the facade is just that. I would like to have seen it correspond and influence the structural system more within the building. Beam's and column's on a grid are wrong.

hZ! · July 17, 2010 07:22 AM

sorry. i have to say this. it's "beams and columns". please diligently study the following http://theoatmeal.com/comics/a....

freq · October 04, 2008

makes one wonder how this building performs enrgetically as well as in terms of resources used vs. benefits achieved.

"A double facade solves not only zoning rules requirements but also energetic, fire-resistant and acoustic insulation ones. This duplicated plane is not just a wrapper but a volume between Bilbao and the inner space. This element allows to breath the building."

uh huh, so it does all that, yes? it appears to me that there is no way to open the outer layer, which is not a problem per se but dubious as why not to do it on a building of such limited height - interaction with the outside, anyone? and how do they get rid of excessive solar gains? granted, there might be some sort of furnace effect inbetween layers, but AC is the primary means of env. control, yes? what a wasted opportunity.

the text quoted above is nothing but a senseless blurb to mask the actually quite shameless waste of resources used to create a building that takes itself as so important it's almost funny.

yrag · October 04, 2008

In isolation I don't love or hate the aesthetics, however in relation to the buildings that I see around it, the Coll-Barreu Arquitectos structure seems like an assault. I think a truly gifted architect can and should be able to be creative and innovative without declaring war on it's neighbors.

claude mallia · October 04, 2008

cummon, is this the future of architecture!
reminds me of the Prince's carbuncle , only that i think this one turned really sore!

Hiroshi · October 04, 2008

I agree with Calvin. The building's not very consistent through and through, but the night shot is pretty cool. I like it situated next to that old building.

Evan Jones · October 04, 2008

At first I hated it. (Am I just cranky and old?) In fact, the bump on top I'm still not sure about. But, then I saw the night shot with the building peeking through. It started to make sense. Perhaps not taking Calvin's criticism was part of the plan: the surprise that something normal is contained.

Calvin · October 04, 2008

really wish the facade's design went through the building, inside seems too normal

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