• View of the access sqaure from the park
    Exterior view
  • Exploded axonometry
    Programmatic boxes (top) - Facade (middle) - Structure (bottom)
  • Staircase in the central communication spine
    Central communications spine
  • Plans of the new Biomedical Sciences Building
    Plans: first floor - second floor - third floor - fourth floor
  • Elevation and section of the new Biomedical Sciences Building
    East elevation (top) - Long section (bottom)
  • Interior courtyard view with people and vegetation
    Interior courtyard view
  • Programmatic sustainability and passive climate conditioning diagrams
    Plan adaptability - Climmatic buffer zone - Solar Chimney - Adjustable facade

Biomedical Sciences Building

Madrid, Spain

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.


9.900 sqm

Carlos III University

Jaime Daroca
José Mayoral
José Ramón Sierra
Santiago Estepa
Alonso Rosa

Juan Ramón Samaniego