Wednesday 5 February 2014

Projects Wanted - Environmental Technology Centre in Valdemingómez, by Israel Alba

Israel Alba is a Spanish Architecture office located in Madrid - this office kindly answered to our Projects Wanted initiative and sent us five projects to be published on DIMSCALE Blog. The project we publish today - Environmental Technology Centre in Valdemingómez - is also located in Madrid (Valdemingómez) and is distributed by an area of 2.350 sqm. The photographic work was conducted by Eduardo Sánchez. Over the next months we'll be publishing the remaining projects sent by Israel Alba.

We are open to receive projects from all around the world, regardless of their dimension or typology. Please send us high quality photos (indicating their authors), drawings and descriptive texts in English to our Marketing e-mail - It will be our pleasure to help spreading new Architecture concepts and ideas.

"The Environmental Technology Centre (ETC) is situated in the former Valdedomingómez landfill site which has now been restored and transformed into a public forest park as part of the Southeast Madrid Regional Park Restoration Project. It is a visible restored access point and a meeting place in which environmentally relevant activities can be carried out. These range from courses, seminars and conferences to various types of exhibitions. Its educational objective is to disseminate understanding and raising awareness among the youngest sectors of society. One of the most significant decisions taken upon embarking on this project was to locate the building on the exact site of the old waste reception warehouse and the furnace in order to recover the extraordinary unloading pits for use as exhibition and library areas as well as to help conserve the most significant elements of the facilities’ history. Thus, the ETC has become a “recycled object” inserted into an environment which was historically intended for recycling and waste transformation, and therefore constitutes a bridge between the past and the future. The ETC, with a library, exhibition halls and a small auditorium, sits on a carpet of concrete and takes the form of three powerful volumes: two wooden boxes joined by a third glass one which is embedded into them, organising the connections between the different areas and linking the building to its immediate surroundings."

- Israel Alba

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