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Monday, September 28, 2020

Idom, Biocruces Institute HW in Baracaldo (Vizcaya)

Located at Plaza de Cruces in Baracaldo, this new-build construction harbors laboratories and animal research facilities of the Biocruces Institute. The project drawn up by Idom under the direction of Gonzalo Carro presents eight floors, three of which are basements. The plot is only just big enough for a building of these characteristics, so the volume is stretched to the very limits of the regulations, leaving little distance between the perimeter and the neighbors. A grid of white louvers on the facade that strikes a contrast with the surroundings – using the R70ST Riventi curtain wall system – gives privacy and protects the interiors against direct sunlight. On the other hand, spaces like the foyer and rest areas have large windows.

The building is designed with modular systems that facilitate compartmentalization in the ceilings and walls alike. White dominates inside, combined with wood, and at certain points with other colors to give information, such as the red marking access into the animal facilities and the surgery block.
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