The Carmen Martín Gaite Building, at the campus of the Carlos III University of Madrid, in Getafe, has received a special award for Energy Efficiency in the seventh edition of the Architecture and Interior Design Awards, organized by the PORCELANOSA Group.
In this case, it is a project by the architect Juan Beldarrain (Beldarrain Study), characterized by aesthetic and technological innovation in the service of the building’s sustainability. In this sense, numerous sustainability measures have been implemented resulting in a level of excellence that had not been achieved so far in an educational building in Spain, and has been awarded the LEED platinum certification.
Destined to expand the Getafe campus of the, Carlos III University of Madrid, the Carmen Martín Gaite building is the first of a series of buildings, arranged on either side of a linear park intended for pedestrians. The surprising ventilated facade coated with ceramic materials by the PORCELANOSA Group, repeats the same slatted ceramic pattern and windows along the outside of the building.
A walkway connects this new building with the existing one on the same plot, enabling a large lobby in its central area, which allows one to cross the building while organizing the different spaces and uses. On either side of the foyer the Humanities library and classrooms are distributed on two floors and, above these, a floor dedicated to the offices of different departments.Breaking with the traditional rigidity and repeatability of educational architecture the Beldarrain study has opted for a more flexible architectural design that connects with the needs of students and teachers, besides encouraging the implementation of new models of learning spaces and research.For further photos on this project, click on the Flickr album.