Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"The Cube "- a glass cube defying the sun

The Cube spainThe "cube" of glass in the new Spanish town near Madrid Financial is 21.6 meters high and 30 feet wide - a cube-shaped bank input from the pen of the architect Alfonso Millan Mato. Up to twelve meters tall trees in the interior cast dynamic shadows and provide a pleasant indoor climate. When the facade was under construction for all the glazing waived. Instead, a so-called "space frame system 'is used, the structural glazing facade with an intricate structure made of steel links. For the protection of the front entrance of the intense Spanish sun make approximately 3,500 square ipasol sunscreen glass.

Since the beginning of 2009 is the headquarters of the Banco Santander Central Hispano in the financial city "Ciudad Financiera", twelve kilometers from Madrid, Boadilla del Monte. At more than 160 hectares, the 270-million-euro project in a rural setting next to 100,000 square meters of office space, opportunities for relaxation: Green and sports areas, shopping areas, golf courses and nursery are available to employees of the Bank is available.

Intelligent Design
Visitors enter the headquarters through the "El Cubo": The 900 square meters large entrance is through a lot of daylight and views to all sides. A "forest" in the interior shade, coolness and fresh air. Lots of light and still protect against the Spanish sun, minimal use of steel and still a stable structure - as were the high demands on the construction. The entire structure is considered as a structural glazing in cubic form above, using the space frame system 'Octatube ". So-called "Quattro-node" to create spatial structures of steel and glass. They combine the glazing over four punctiform mechanical fittings per inner disk with the main stabilizing structure.

Uses a special sunscreen glass, through the neutral, natural daylight and high sun in the winter and offers good heat insulation effect brings.

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