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Friday, July 18, 2008

Half Dose #50: Concurso Fiscalia

Here's a project that looks pretty straightforward at first...

[model exterior | image source]

...but which reveals itself to be more than a platonic solid.

[model cutaway | image source]

The large public office building designed for the periphery of Madrid is like a city within a cylinder. Orthogonal blocks sit within a ring, in the process creating a complex solid-void composition, dramatic from above and below.

[model view down and up | image source]

What looks like it could have sprung from OMA is in fact the product of Productora, a Mexico City-based office formed only two years ago. But an OMA connection does exist, as each of the four heads at Productora worked with Fernando Romero, previously a partner at OMA. Six degrees of separation? How about two?

[development of design | image source]

Regardless of the typology-bending design's similarity to Mr. Koolhaas's way of approaching architecture and the city, the project can be seen as a response to the dry and warm climate of Madrid, with plenty of shade but also plenty of natural ventilation via the interaction of cylindrical perimeter and central void.

[floor plans | image source]

The inside-outside dichotomy also seems appropriate for Madrid's periphery, a place in the making. This project is a place within that place, an object in the urban landscape with its own internal urban landscape.

[model views | image source]


  1. I really like the design of the buildings, the shape will work well with the surroundings and although simple to a certain extent in design they are a timeless design - is a real contribution to architecture.

  2. It would be interesting to play with the ratios of the various circular structures. They remind me of gears. It would be possible to define a space as such, whose relationships would be like the gears of a clock. The buildings could be windows to a greater meaning: to time, relationship, golden mean, phi ratios, etc. Such an architectural statement could be reflected in the internal landscapes of the buildings.


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