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M2 Technological Building, University of Salamanca / Sanchez Gil Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 18 February, 2014
  • Translated by Lorena Quintana
M2 Technological Building, University of Salamanca / Sanchez Gil Arquitectos
M2 Technological Building,  University of Salamanca / Sanchez Gil Arquitectos, © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado
© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Villamayor, Salamanca, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Emilio Sánchez Gil, Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado, Emilio Sánchez Cuadrado
  • Technical Architects

    José Francisco González Hernández, Joaquín Goyenechea
  • Project Area

    3245.0 m2
  • Photography

    Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado
  • Structures

    Valeriano Diego
  • Facilities

    Úrculo ingenieros
  • Construction

    Edimaro
  • Site Manager

    Raquel Mendo
  • Budget

    3.448.027,00Euros
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Longitudinal Section
Longitudinal Section

Text description provided by the architects. The M2 building is located in the Science Park of the University of Salamanca, in its Villamayor campus. The volumetric layout of the plot was set by the technical facilities, with five prismatic buildings arranged in parallel, oriented to the north-south, leaving a large garden area over 30 meters wide to the south, facing the road.

© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado
© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

The building has three floors, with the ground floor facade set back 2,90 m along most of the perimeter relative to the upper floors, thus leaving a perimeter arcaded area, slightly sunken for the purpose of reducing the building impact in this flood plain.

© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado
© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

We design a double metal skin that defines the architectural character of the building. It consists of a lightweight outer skin composed of motorized mobile steel sheet panels, that allow controlling the light and sunlight levels inside the building. A second skin of slate and glass is separated from the inner layer, leaving a metal service catwalk in between to allow air circulation. It has a variable width, according to different orientations, to solve the problems of direct sunlight.

© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado
© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

The inner skin folds at specific points. It generates interstitial spaces, like shaded, vegetated courtyards, which illuminate access lobbies to work areas and stairs.

© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado
© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

Inside the building is organized around a large circular lobby that includes the three levels, dominated by an inverted conical wooden skylight that lets in filtered and warm light. This space leads to the work areas, designed as open spaces with a glazed perimeter, lit and organized by interiors courtyards.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "M2 Technological Building, University of Salamanca / Sanchez Gil Arquitectos" [Modulo Tecnológico M2, Universidad De Salamanca / Sanchez Gil Arquitectos] 18 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintana, Lorena) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/477920/m2-technological-building-university-of-salamanca-sanchez-gil-arquitectos/> ISSN 0719-8884