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Industrial building in Spain by baragaño
12/12/2011

An industrial building that shimmers in satin black – and boasts a bright-red wraparound ribbon. The new head office of the Metal Foundation in the Spanish city of Avilés, named [sLAB], catches the eye primarily thanks to its colorful accentuation. A red strip in the form of a staircase wraps its way out of the inner building core onto the roof terraces. From here we have a prime view of the industrial harbor on the one side, and the city, on the other. Next to [sLAB], a research and training center run by the foundation, a new "Centro Cultural Internacional" designed by Oscar Niemeyer recently opened in Avilés.
The landscape in this region of Northwest Spain is characterized by heavy industrial plant. The world's largest steelmakers, ArcelorMittal, has a facility close-by, for example. The architects at the baragaño studio had the idea of cladding the building with huge metal panels the very first time they visited the future site. The steel skin was produced in the ArcelorMittal furnaces and are actually 70% recycled steel.

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In collaboration with: Impulso

[sLAB] Metal Foundation in Avilés, designed by baragaño architects, Madrid | All photos © Mariela Apollonio
[sLAB] Metal Foundation in Avilés, designed by baragaño architects, Madrid | All photos © Mariela Apollonio