Designed by Foster + Partners, the Ombú restoration is an innovative retrofit project in the city of Madrid. Built as an office building for the Spanish infrastructure and energy company ACCIONA, the project integrates an interesting mix of private and public land with green landscaping that extend to the Méndez Álvaro station.
This historic building after it’s revitalisation, now consist of new offices spaces that together comprise an area of about 10,000 SQM. Having a ‘1.0 Planet Ecological Footprint’, which practically means that the carbon emissions of Ombú will be absorbed by the current capacity of the Earth, makes it compatible with the Paris agreement to attain a +2 degree celsius target.
The project makes use of the existing load-bearing structure that supports the pitched steel trusses. And an increased flexibility is now possible inside the building as the new lightweight structure, containing locally sourced timber integrates lighting, ventilation and other services.
The temperate climate in Madrid, encourage one to comfortably work outdoors and therefore a new courtyard connects to a mega 12,400 SQM park ;lined with 350 tress, containing dedicated spaces for work, meetings and discussions sheltered by canopies. To reduce water consumption, local species of trees and plants have been selected. Further, the new green, public space connects the building with the surrounding community and generates a positive social impact.
Located in the lively Arganzuela district, Ombú also benefits from direct access to rail and bus networks, encouraging employees to travel by public transport. ACCIONA’s vision for the future aligns with the practice’s commitment to developing bespoke design solutions that are optimised for their operations and the planet.
- Project: Ombú
- Architects: Foster + Partners
- Location: Madrid, Spain
- Site Area: 15,266 SQM
- Gross Area: 19,500 SQM
- Text: Nikitha Sunil Vallikad | Contributor, A+D