Designed by IAD (International Architecture Development), Madrid Design Centre is located in Madrid, Spain. This project has been entirely conceived and optimised in close collaboration with ARUP within a framework of sustainable design, as the developer has sought a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ from the outset.
A clear yet flexible path is punctuated by surprises in the form of crossed-views to other levels, the main patio with its sunken garden, as well as exposition platforms scattered and hidden along the main walkways. Standing out among the formal solutions utilised is what became known as the ‘hula-hoop’ or ‘transmission gearbox’ of the main circulation lining the perimeter of the vast central space.
A docklands reference of a white, sculptural pile of boxes on both the main and interior façades generates interest from the exterior and creates a constantly changing shadow-play from the cantilevered volumes, contrasted during the night by a carefully studied lighting design that transforms the necessarily opaque exterior into a glowing object.