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BUILDING
 
 
Edificio de oficinas y laboratorios
Research and administration building
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DESIGNER
 
 
Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
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DESCRIPTION
 
The complex can house 40,000 m2 of work areas and almost 1,000 parking spaces in a gently sloping green field site. The embodiment of the new building tried to retain the atmosphere of the landscape which consists in two rolling hills against a background of low mountains. The volume was divided into three elongated prisms, two glazed and the other one made out of granite and concrete, which were to be placed upon the different levels of the hill. A fourth cubic block, also glazed, forms a square with the stone volume that opens up onto the widest valley.
The glass façades draw in the humid and misty landscape typical of the region.
It was intended that the complex be a recognisable scale despite its size, and that each working space should possess an understandable relationship with the rest of the building and surroundings.
The three blocks or buildings on which the complex is organised correspond to offices (the two glazed blocks), common services (the stone block) and labs (the glazed cube).
During the night the front of the stone volume facing the background is bathed in blue light and displays of the public and territorial service character of the administrative building.

Edited by Coll-Barreu Arquitectos.
If you haven't already clicked on the photo strip at the top of the page, for the gallery of photos and drawings, enter here
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Spain [España]
Region
Basque Country [País Vasco (Euskadi)]
Province
Vizcaya (Bizkaia)
Comarca
Gran Bilbao
Town
Erandio
Address
Ibaizabal Bidea
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Research buildings and centers
Other research centres
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Transport buildings and structures
Garages, car parking, etc.
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1997 - 1998    
Realisation
1998 - 2003
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CLIENT
 
 
Gobierno Vasco
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 49.721.300
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
footprint sq.m. 43.000
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STAFF
 
Contractor
UTE Balzola, Dragados, Ibargoyen, Aketxe
 
 
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