Building SEGAI, La Laguna
GPY Arquitectos 
Building SEGAI, La Laguna

Building SEGAI, La Laguna

GPY Arquitectos 

This new university research center rises on a plot of land with crops growing around it, arranged in patches of the kind which are traditional in the Canary Islands. This organization in terraced platforms also inspired the shape of the building. The technical areas of the facility are placed underground, on two levels, while the administrative uses go into an overhanging prismatic volume, hovering over the landscape. Both parts are structured by a circulation ring which also acts as a filter keeping the laboratories within a zone of stable humidity and temperature. That the building comprises a telluric plinth on one hand and a light upper part on the other is manifested in its construction system. While the floors that come in contact with the ground have been executed with a structure of reinforced concrete, the upper stories are supported by tautened steel frames whch have been clad with a layer of cellular polycarbonate panels 40 millimeters thick.

Obra Work

Edificio de Servicios Generales de Apoyo a la Investigación, SEGAI, Universidad de la Laguna Building for General Services for Research Support, SEGAI,

Localización Site

Campus Universitario de Anchieta s/n, La Laguna. Tenerife

Cliente Client

Universidad de La Laguna.

Fecha Date


Arquitectos Architects

Gpy arquitectos; Juan Antonio González Pérez, Urbano Yanes Tuña, Constanze Sixt.

Fotos Photos

Joaquín Ponce de León.