Fusionopolis. A vertical city made of glass
The glass "Cube" in the new Spanish financial centre near Madrid is 21.6 metres high and 30 metres wide - a cube shaped bank lobby, designed by the architect Alfonso Millanes Mato. Inside, trees up to twelve metres high throw dynamic shadows and provide a pleasant room climate. The facade has been constructed without any framework structures for the glazing itself. Instead, a so-called "space frame system" is used, which connects the structural glazing facade to a filigree support structure made of steel.
The protection of the lobby from the intense Spanish sun is ensured by around 3,500 square metres of ipasol solar control glass.
All pictures: The Cube, Madrid, Spain
Architect: Alfonso Millanes Mato