Madrid will be able to enjoy a new work of Norman Foster. The prestigious architect has been commissioned by Acciona to design an office complex in the Méndez Álvaro area, one of the fastest growing areas of the city in homes and corporate headquarters.
Acciona has sought a first line architect for the complex that projects on Ombú street, adjacent to the shopping center of El Corte Inglés by Méndez Álvaro, becomes a symbolic development for the company and for the city. "This is an emblematic project, at the forefront of all the trends in sustainability and innovation in which both the architect and Acciona are committed," says a spokesperson for the company listed on the Ibex 35.
The commission of Acciona is to unite architecturally a brick industrial building 115 years ago together with a new construction complex, on a plot of more than 10,000 m2, acquired from Naturgy in 2017. "We seek to be a perfect blend between avant-garde and classicism, in a location in one of the fastest growing areas both residential and offices of Madrid," say from Acciona. At the moment the details about the project, the investment, the deadlines and public sketches are unknown.
In the area of Méndez Álvaro, numerous companies such as Repsol, Amazon, Adif, Mahou, CLH and Ericsson have been installed. Acciona has also valued that the building on Ombú Street hosts its own headquarters, although lately another project has been won on Mesena Street (Hortaleza), in the former headquarters of Santander Spain. Similarly, Colonial develops in that area near Atocha a large campus of offices and homes, in addition to a tower for Catalana Occidente, which is planned as another iconic work in the area. In this case, the real estate agency announced last year that it has chosen Carlos Lamela, another prestigious architect, to head the design.
This complex will be the third design of the Foster + Partners study in parallel in Madrid. Currently the British architect lifts the Axis building in the Plaza de Colón, where the historic Barclays headquarters was located. In this case, the building was acquired by the CBRE GI fund and a new office and commercial building is erected. In addition, together Carlos Rubio won the contest for the remodeling of Hall of Realms through which the Prado Museum will add 2,500 m2 in a new expansion. Although this work is pending a budgetary allocation.
Foster, awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1999 and with the Prince of Asturias in 2009, it has previous works in Madrid. The most important is the Cepsa Tower, finished in 2009 the surroundings of the Cuatro Torres, and that has the title of second tallest building in Spain with 248 meters. In addition, the reform of the 1912 palace in Chamberí, which houses the Norman Foster Foundation, was completed. In Spain, he also designed the Bilbao metro stations, the Faustino Bodega in Burgos, the Collserola communications tower and the Repsol service stations.
The peculiarity of the commission of Acciona is to integrate the brick nave, built in 1903 as part of the former Industrial Gasification Society of Cerro de la Plata, which in recent times served as a warehouse for the maintenance of electrical networks and substations The property was designed by Luis de Landecho, renowned architect who designed the Hotel Ritz and the Ateneo in Madrid. The set had several ships, among them the engine (which is still standing) and some chalets. The brick building and its decorative details are a factory example of the time and have architectural protection.