Programmatic boxes (top) - Facade (middle) - Structure (bottom)
Central communications spine
Plans: first floor - second floor - third floor - fourth floor
East elevation (top) - Long section (bottom)
Interior courtyard view
Plan adaptability - Climmatic buffer zone - Solar Chimney - Adjustable facade
Biomedical Sciences Building
The new Biomedical Sciences Building at Carlos III University focuses on efficiency from the climatic, energetic and programmatic points of view.
From the programmatic point of view, it is organized in three different layers. Each of these layers has a different temporality (structure, façade and program). Furthermore, these layers can be modified over time, responding to the programmatic needs of the building and avoiding its obsolescence.
From the energetic point of view, the building benefits from systems for capturing renewable energy. It includes an active façade and solar chimneys on its roof. These elements articulate a complex but economic system for climate conditioning through passive methods.
All this is carried out on a main structure of concrete with thermal mass, and a façade system and internal partitions of recycled materials made of corrugated polycarbonate and wood respectively. This allows for an economic, versatile and long-lasting materiality for the new Biomedical Sciences Building at Carlos III University.
Carlos III University
José Ramón Sierra
Juan Ramón Samaniego