The M2 building is located in the Science Park of the University of Salamanca, in its Villamayor campus. The volumetric layout of the plot was set by the technical facilities, with five prismatic buildings arranged in parallel, oriented to the north-south, leaving a large garden area over 30 meters wide to the south, facing the road.
The building has three floors, with the ground floor facade set back 2,90 m along most of the perimeter relative to the upper floors, thus leaving a perimeter arcaded area, slightly sunken for the purpose of reducing the building impact in this flood plain.
We design a double metal skin that defines the architectural character of the building. It consists of a lightweight outer skin composed of motorized mobile steel sheet panels, that allow controlling the light and sunlight levels inside the building. A second skin of slate and glass is separated from the inner layer, leaving a metal service catwalk in between to allow air circulation. It has a variable width, according to different orientations, to solve the problems of direct sunlight.
The inner skin folds at specific points. It generates interstitial spaces, like shaded, vegetated courtyards, which illuminate access lobbies to work areas and stairs.
Inside the building is organized around a large circular lobby that includes the three levels, dominated by an inverted conical wooden skylight that lets in filtered and warm light. This space leads to the work areas, designed as open spaces with a glazed perimeter, lit and organized by interiors courtyards.
M2 Technological Building, University of Salamanca / Sanchez Gil Arquitectos
Architects: Sanchez Gil Arquitectos www.sanchezgilarquitectos.com
Location: Villamayor de la Armuña, Salamanca, Spain
Project Architects: Emilio Sánchez Gil, Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado, Emilio Sánchez Cuadrado
Technical Architects: José Francisco González Hernández, Joaquín Goyenechea
University of Salamanca staff: Luis Ferreira, Eduardo Dorado (arch.) Tomás Martín Luengo (Tech. Arch)
Project Area: 3,245 sqm
Photographs: Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado
Structures: Valeriano Diego
Facilities: Úrculo ingenieros
Site Manager: Raquel Mendo
Budget: 3,448,027 Euros