the world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »


All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.


Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Institutional Buildings
  4. Spain
  5. Pich-Aguilera Architects
  6. 2005
  7. Telefónica Móviles Building / Pich-Aguilera Architects

Telefónica Móviles Building / Pich-Aguilera Architects

  • 00:00 - 25 July, 2013
  • Translated by Lorena Quintana
Telefónica Móviles Building / Pich-Aguilera Architects
© Eduardo Sanchez Lopez
© Eduardo Sanchez Lopez
  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. del Río Tajo, 45007 Toledo, Toledo, Spain
  • Team

    Felipe Pich-Aguilera, Teresa Batlle
  • Project Area

    6504.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photography

    Eduardo Sanchez Lopez

© Eduardo Sanchez Lopez © Eduardo Sanchez Lopez © Eduardo Sanchez Lopez © Eduardo Sanchez Lopez + 20

Text description provided by the architects. This is a building that considers the environmental and energy loads not as a decisive impulse of the project, trying to break the traditional dichotomy between architecture and machine.

© Eduardo Sanchez Lopez
© Eduardo Sanchez Lopez

The building is conceived as a large container made by assembling components manufactured by the industry. The bearing structure opens the three-dimensional cores and a frame, as a support for long span slabs. It has the efficacy of an infrastructure, covered by a light and diverse enclosure capable of activating and filtering the outside weather to obtain the conditions for interior comfort.

© Eduardo Sanchez Lopez
© Eduardo Sanchez Lopez

The building is clearly differentiated into three zones: the central area houses the service operators. It works as a great climate atrium, where the roof defines the space with its different slopes, layers and mechanisms. It reacts a a complement with input from the adjacent areas according to the seasons, for optimal uptake of energy and a balanced distribution of air (hot and cold) to all spaces. A south area, closely linked to the first, houses the resting area.

Telefónica Móviles Building / Pich-Aguilera Architects, © Eduardo Sanchez Lopez
© Eduardo Sanchez Lopez

It functions as a large greenhouse that supports the other areas, producing and evacuating heat as needed. The north area that houses management offices makes up a large, shaded chamber of moist air, which functions as cooling plant, as it is traversed by hot and dry air during the summer.

© Eduardo Sanchez Lopez
© Eduardo Sanchez Lopez

This space, with its landscaped courtyards, functions as a thermal regulator and provides freshness to the other areas. Thus, conventional machinery has been dimensioned as a complementary support to the climatic operation of the architecture itself in the production of its own interior comfort. The resulting shapes should be read as an expression of that operation.

  • Group Manager

    Xavi Milanés, Angel Sendarrubias
  • Project Manager

    Bruno Sauer, Ute Müncheberg
  • Bioclimatic Consultant

    Emilio Miguel Mitre. EMMA
  • Facilities

    PGI Grup
  • Budget

    Tècnics G3
  • Structures

    BD, Consultors
  • Direction

    Manuel Santolaya, Juan Francisco Serrano
  • Technical Architect

    Vicente Erguido. Ingeniero PGI Grup
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Telefónica Móviles Building / Pich-Aguilera Architects" [Edificio para Telefónica Móviles / Pich-Aguilera Architects] 25 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintana, Lorena) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments