Light is a central theme of the building. The skylights over the atrium, which also function as sun scoops, allow filtered light to enter the heart of the building and to illuminate the different work spaces. The different bioclimatic elements of the façade also act as light filters and as these can be individually adjusted, they permit a wide variety of lighting conditions.
The building is a simple geometric form with a modular layout that permits different spatial arrangements and uses. The concept arises from the conviction that innovation occurs at the intersection of different disciplines and the confluence of distinct ideas. The common areas and the fusion spaces are the architectonic response to this criterion.
Is the central element of the building. It is the location for meetings, celebrations, communication and interchange. It is also one of the key elements for light and energy. The essential qualities of the atrium are its scale, its space, its transparency and the quality of light.
The main atrium is the core for interaction and exchange. The flexibility of the building allows it to accommodate from private work space to an open public dimension, hosting lectures, events and dynamic workshops. This adaptation of space is always choreographed around this social core.
The building skin is the deliberate dialogue between the interior and exterior spaces. Openings occur only where it is necessary to introduce light or to have a visual connection with the exterior.
The materials selected for the building are in consonance with the bioclimatic technology used. The materials selected do not contaminate the environment and required little energy in their fabrication.
The functional and design aspects of the building were conceived to respond to the concept of an experimental bioclimatic architecture. Each bioclimatic component is expressed clearly and honestly.
The building reinterpreted several bioclimatic solutions of traditional architecture, especially those related to thermal inertia, building orientation, ventilation system and cooling systems. These are integrated with the latest energy-saving technologies and the use of alternative energies.
The external areas are lansdscaped with multi-toned gravel chips that allow rainwater to filter through and plants that don’t require much water. The parking areas also have permeable pavements, while the retaining walls are made of crushed stone that are cast-offs from quarries.