Indra Offices

Site
Barcelona (Spain)
Client
INDRA, Grupo Castellví, Gratán, S.L.
Gross Area
10.376 m²
Date
2009
Status
Built
Collaborator
Carlos Rubio y Enrique Álvarez-Sala

PHOtos

This slender office block for Indra, an information technology corporation, is located in Barcelona’s 22@ sector. It contains 13 above-grade floors and two basement levels. The first three levels form a plinth-like base, above which a ten-storey rhomboidal volume contains the company offices in unusually shallow spaces. Between these two sections, there is a technical floor set back from the frontage plane that articulates the volumes and gives the upper part a lighter appearance.
The tower has a double skin. On the inner face, the frames are anchored between the lower and upper floor plates, providing continuity to the cantilevered slab —which projects up to five metres at some points— with a second skin attached to its outer edge in the manner of a veil or filter. This skin consists of stainless steel fabric panels. Combined with the shade projected by the overhangs, it shelters the interior from the sun and excessive light without detracting from the enjoyment of the large glazed facade. The mesh skin is also the basis for an ethereal, ever-changing ornamental mechanism, with spherical imprints that give the building its identity and highlight its corporate nature.

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