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Institute of Functional Biology and Genomics / Mata y Asociados

Institute of Functional Biology and Genomics / Mata y Asociados

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Salamanca, Spain
© Juan K. Ayala
© Juan K. Ayala

Text description provided by the architects. The building is located on a plot at the end of Salamanca University Campus Miguel de Unamuno. Its topography is rugged, with a difference of up to 6 m between the outermost points. Taking this condition the implantation proposal starts off from a topological approach with two different input levels, allowing access further segregation by types and uses (vehicle access and representative pedestrian access at the lower and upper level, respectively).

© Juan K. Ayala
© Juan K. Ayala

The solution adopted led to the construction of a unitary and compact building, with a continuous and semi-transparent mask inspired in genetic coding processes, after which the plan is organized around eight functional large vertical holes (four indoor and four attached to the facade), thereby obtaining a foamed interior provided with natural lighting. The compaction of the program also allowed us to liberate most of the plot's surface, and to project terraced/landscaped plates to allow the coexistence of the outdoor leisure area with controlled parking strips.

© Juan K. Ayala
© Juan K. Ayala

The auditorium of amoeboid form, located on the northern head of the building, is configured as a (formal and constructively) differential element that marks the main entrance to the building. At the other extreme, a large concrete brackets allow shelter the space for expeditions (the other major access area) and hold cryogenic gas tanks.

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Address:Salamanca Spain

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Cite: "Institute of Functional Biology and Genomics / Mata y Asociados" 28 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/298827/institute-of-functional-biology-and-genomics-mata-y-asociados> ISSN 0719-8884
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