Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Runner-Up
The triangulated tubular structure of this new production and sales building is more than a clever play on the company name, Diagonal 80. It is an ingenious response to an increasingly widespread type of workplace building, described by the architect as ‘a hybrid between an industrial pavilion and tertiary space’, housing workspaces that range from typical tertiary computer zones to large-scale industrial spaces, all of which were previously scattered around different locations. The company converts digital files into physical objects of all sizes and materials, in a variety of printed formats.
In seeking a systemised response to the brief, the architects devised a spatial system that consists of four main groups of components: a structural system linked to tension and geometry; an exhibition system for the products; a climate control system of machinery and ducts; and the outer skin. All are governed by a common geometry, a double Y-shaped piece that forms hexagonal-shaped grids, adapting to the variable spans and its different positions.
Applied to the site, the system produces a unique response that makes the most of the long, narrow proportions polarised by the entrance from the industrial estate’s roadways at one end, and views of the natural environs of the Guadalix River and the mountain backdrop at the other.
In order to maximise printing quality control, the building is an airtight system with few openings and strict lighting control that ensures chromatic quality during the printing process. Making the most of this wrapped skin, the company constantly refreshes the building with its own printed products, applying the new potential derived from its technological innovations and adapting them to its sales strategy. As a space for pure production and sales, it is described as ‘a mechanism for exhibiting and experimenting with the potential of the Diagonal 80 products’.
Architect AMID.cero9, Madrid, Spain
Project Architects Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efrén García Grinda, Jorge Saz Semolino
Photograpys Andrea Illán and Ignacio Bisbal