Pantalla de Carga

Ramón y Cajal

Office
Fondo de pantalla
  • Tipología - Office
  • Cliente - NOEMA
  • Localización - Chamartín, Madrid
  • Estado - Built
  • Escala - S / 154m²

What is today’s ideal work atmosphere like? Why would employees and visitors want to travel all the way to an office if they could do so virtually? How can designing a space contribute to the work dimension? These are some of the questions underlying our permanent investigation into new ways of working. Similarly to the projecs in Alcántara, Villanueva or Comercial de Laminadoswe believe that the answer to these questions means that work spaces should benefit the work sphere through elements originally belonging to the home, as an extension of it, and that both realms can profit from. This investigation can now materialize at our new offices in Madrid.

Tamaño movil

The search for a new building was the first step and a key ingredient to understand this project’s sustainability. In the early twentieth century, fast demographic growth caused the need to emerge in Madrid to house the middle classes in the city’s outskirts. For this reason, single-family homes were promoted that took up the idea of a garden-city, originally from European cities. These groups of buildings are commonly known as “Madrid colonies”. In the year 1928, colony Primo de Rivera was finalized with 272 homes, originally destined to house policemen and municipal guards.

Tamaño movil

This project has sought the general and integral reconditioning of one of these homes, where intervention has adapted to the scale and materiality of the historical residential environment. A main hall geared towards teamwork is supplemented with a set of office-type rooms and meeting rooms. In this way, the virtues of open spaces are rescued without leaving aside gathering and meeting spaces.

Tamaño movil
Tamaño movil
Tamaño movil

Limits between the outside and inside, between the street and the plot, are blurred by incorporating vegetation, large windows and the garden’s openness towards the city. Noble and close-range materials are incorporated, prioritizing those easier to find in Spain, such as oak wood, marble or linen.