The new logistical center of Mayoral, a children’s clothing brand, rises on its corporate campus, on the site of the old company Interhorce (Industrial Textiles del Guadalhorce) in the city of Málaga, beside the listed building by Ramón Vázquez Molezún, raised in 1963 and refurbished by System Arquitectura in 2018.
The warehouse program required a total built area of 18,814,56 square meters and height of 20 meters, 9 more than the original building had. To integrate itself into the context, the new building uses a language rooted in the textile industry, breaking the conventional rectangular prism for this typology through the arching of the facades, which has the effect of softening the categorical presence of the huge volume.
The envelope, for its part, engages in dialogue with the original warehouse through an exploration of the transparencies and opacities of fabrics. The facade presents two envelopes: an inner one of translucent polycarbonate to provide insulation, guaranteeing impermeability; and an outer one of microperforated zinc sheets that lets daylight in and protects the polycarbonate against direct solar radiation, thereby improving the facade’s thermal transfer coefficient.
Apart from the foundation and some other elements, everything is prefabricated, and then assembled on the site. The tubular triangulated metal structure, with beams of spans as large as 32 meters, was manufactured in Galicia, like the spiral staircase that rises more than 16 meters. On the other hand, the facade of folded zinc plates came from Asturias, and the inner skin of polycarbonate from the Basque Country.
Arquitectura: SYSTEM ARQUITECTURA (Dr. Arquitecto: Rafael Urquiza)
Colaboradores: Rafael Roa Hernández (Arquitecto Técnico), Alberto Urquiza (Ingeniero Industrial).
Instaladores: STC y PACISA
Fotografía: Fernando Alda
Principales fabricantes: Metaldeza, El Zinc, Danpal (Palplastic), Europerfil, BMI, Assa Abloy