Award: Best Overall Sustainable Architecture Project, Gold, 2023
Location: Madrid, Spain
Architect: Foster + Partners
Ombú breathes new life into a historic industrial building, creating over 10,000 square metres of office space while unifying a mix of private and public land with green landscaping. The historic building envelope has been retained to conserve over 10,000 tonnes of original brick, while a lightweight structure made from sustainably sourced timber from local forests has been inserted inside the space, allowing for spatial flexibility and integrating lighting, ventilation and other services. A central skylight brings natural light to the interior, reducing the need for artificial lighting. The glazing also incorporates photovoltaic technologies that generate electricity.
Taking advantage of Madrid’s temperate climate, a new courtyard offers the option to work comfortably outdoors. The courtyard connects to a large 12,400 square-metre park with 350 trees featuring outdoor working spaces and areas for informal meetings sheltered by a green canopy of trees. The new green public space connects the building with the surrounding community and generates a positive social impact.
Photo credit: Nigel Young, Foster + Partners