Heatherwick Studio designs “pioneering” office building for Madrid

UK architect Heatherwick Studio has been selected by Spanish department store El Corte Ingles to design a "pioneering" office building close to its flagship store in Madrid.

Heatherwick Studio worked with Spain’s CLK architects and BAC Engineering Consultancy to design Castellana 69. The bulding will have 15,000 sq m of workspace and a central courtyard that the architect describes as a "green heart".

Heatherwick says carbon emitted during construction will be less than a typical office building project. When complete, solar panels will produce more energy than the building consumes.

Thomas Heatherwick, Heatherwick Studio’s founder, said: "Castellana 69 is an exciting opportunity to move away from the formality and staleness of so much modern office building design to develop a more humanised workspace that simultaneously prioritises social and environmental sustainability."

Construction is due to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2024.

Image courtesy of Heatherwick Studio/Lotoarchilab

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