The Office of Architecture in Barcelona, OAB, just finished the Azahar Group headquarters in the Castellon region of Spain. Since the Azahar Group is very active with recycling, waste-treatment plants, and the like, the building intends to serve as a manifesto, in a way, to showcase their ideas of the importance of maintaining a relationship with nature.
More about the headquarters and more images after the break.
With the mountains as a backdrop, the building’s two wings hold two different open patios. The first patio, the ‘parade ground’, is an external gathering area for users, while the second patio is more reserved for private use. Inside, the company’s different departments are housed in the ends of each wing and converge at the main hall, a large exhibition space.
The building’s dominate roof-scape compliments the mountains, while, from a distance, the roofs situate the building in the landscape. The geometry of the roof is carried through to the inside and ”the vision of the continuity of these is produced by transparent glass supported on the dividers of the different rooms.”
A new material, a flexible and self-washing white stucco, was applied to the facade and the roof to create a continuity of materials.
All images Alejo Bague and courtesy OAB.
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location: carretera nacional n-340, castellon client: grupo de empresas azahar date project: 2004 construction: 2009 author: carlos ferrater – nùria ayala collaborator: emilio llobat photographer: alejo bagué area: 4.304 m2 cost: 1.711.142 Euros