Instituto de Investigación de Vehículos by ACXT

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Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

Tree-like lampposts emerge from a pool of pebbles in front of a metal-clad vehicle research institute in Spain by architects ACXT.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

The two-storey building is situated near to the Motorland Aragón, a motor circuit and leisure complex designed by Foster + Partners.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

The building sits atop an artificial mound, created from the excavation of land undertaken in the construction of the neighbouring racetrack.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

On the ground floor of the institute are large rooms where vehicles can be examined, as well as meeting rooms, a lecture room, a cafe and a refectory.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

A cantilevering block protrudes from the first floor, where open-plan offices are located.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

Other research centres recently featured on Dezeen include a pharmaceutical research complex in India and a botanical research facility in the UK.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

Photography is by Iñaki Bergera.

Here is some more text from the architects:


Instituto de Investigación de Vehículos

The building is situated in front of the Zaragoza-Castellón road, close to the area of the new circuit of Motorland.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

The building stands in a site rectangle shaped of 130m wide for 116m long of 13.351 m².

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

The site is located in the Eastern extreme of the Technological Park of the Motor City of Alcañiz.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

It holds a dominant position in a hill over the lake and the new circuit of Motorland Aragón.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

The building answers this circumstance with a cantilever volume in the first floor, holding the administrating and management offices.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

The sites topography shows as an artificial platform, resulting product of the accumulation of land extracted from the new circuit, at 400m above the sea level.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

The city of Alcañiz can be seen to the East of the site while to the South the nearby lake is visible.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

The architectural brief asked for wide open spaces, meeting rooms and offices destined to educational and management uses of the centre.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

These spaces were connected with the main spaces destined to the investigation of heavy vehicles and cars.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

The architectural brief was completed with a lecture room, a cafeteria, a refectory that needed to be placed in the ground floor; as well as an exterior parking and circulation space for heavy vehicles providing them a good access to investigation areas.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

The design’s basic scheme consists in three pieces that combined generate a gathering point inside the Technological Park of the Engine.

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

Location: Parcela DP-DE, Parque Tecnológico TechnoPark MotorLand Ctra. TE-V-7033 Km1, Alcañiz (Teruel)
Developer / Client: IAF

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

Construction Company: UTE SACYR – CONSTRUCSA

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

Budget: 3,99 million €
Schedule: 2010-2011

Instituto de Investigacion de Vehiculos by ACXT

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  • Adarsha

    Though the building blocks look regular, I quite like the plaza with the street lights resembling a tree..

  • taw

    it is not just a street lights.. it's all about it…! the right element in the right regular place…

  • http://dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

    The right touch of asymmetry to create a beautiful contrast.

  • Diane

    Smell like Opus Dei….