New Building For Norvento By Francisco Mangado

The layout of volumes generates rich interior geometries.

Project Specs


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The building for the research center of the firm Norvento is located on the border between an industrial enclave and a forest, close to the city of Lugo. The project adopts the form that enables the building to open on to the forest and be in a continuum with it, capitalizing on all the attributes that the woods can contribute to the architecture, while closing up on the side facing the adjacent industrial scene. It uses the opportunity to establish a clear-cut scheme through architectural, typological, and spatial attributes.



The project takes off from a reflection about the office type and proposes a manner of working and researching that calls for something different from the typical large anonymous administrative building with identical office units of little interest. The new workplace must have a certain ‘domesticity,’ be a place where both privacy and encounters are possible. A place which is not defined, delimited, but somehow in daily reinvention, through interaction with users. The floor plan presents areas that stretch on and become part of the park, and this layout makes it possible to structure each department in a differentiated, autonomous way, enabling programs to be enlarged in the future, as specified in the competition brief.Another key objective of the project has been to build a simple and logical form in a way that is subtle but clear. We aim for an image that is easy to recognize and therefore easy to identify with, distanced from what we tend to associate with most office buildings of the impersonal kind. In this way, the architecture of the building is coherent with the attitude of the firm Norvento.

▼与环境的关系,in the environment

▼立面开窗引入自然光,letting in the natural light


The interior tries to strike a balance between simplicity and surprise. The floor plan is not orthogonal, and the layout of volumes generates rich interior geometries, especially at the points of encounter. The geometries definitely qualify the spaces. Light is important. We always propose glass dividers that will bring light into the rooms, and where necessary, skylights.

▼空间中的几何形态,the geometric form

▼多采用玻璃隔墙,using glass dividers that will bring light into the rooms


▼明亮开阔的办公室氛围,working spaces


There are many arguments in favor of making this building a commitment to the environment, especially in view of the main activity of Norvento, which involves research in the field. Logic and simplicity are basic principles, for sure. As far as materials are concerned, eucalyptus wood is dominant, used in all the facades. This wood is commonly used in Galicia, but it is rather reviled, and used principally for making paper pulp. Here we are able to use it thanks to research on how to apply it to construction. Not only have splendid technical applications been developed, but an entire program for the future exploitation of eucalyptus as a great forestal asset has been launched.The building is autonomous energy-wise and is unconnected to the web.

▼木质表皮,wood facade






site: Lugo. Spain
construction area: 4.020 m2
competition: 2011 First Prize in Project Design Competition
project : 2012-2013
construction: August 2014 – December 2016
project manager : Francisco Mangado, Francisco Mangado
architecture: Sergio Helguera I Jose M. Gastaldo I Luis Alves I Eduardo Ruiz I Angel Martinez I Paula Juango
structural engineering: IDI Ingenieros.
energy-efficiency engineering: NORVENTO ENERXIA S.L.
energy concept: NORVENTO ENERXIA S.L.
lighting consultant: NORVENTO ENERXIA S.L.
Implementing energy efficiency project: NORVENTO ENERXIA S.L.
project manager engineer: NORVENTO ENERXIA S.L.
quantity surveyor: Ramón Fernández.
contractor: Constructora San José S.A.
counselling BREEAM: Exeleria.
counselling wooden façade: GAIN CIS-Madera. Innovation Centre and Technological Services of Wood of Galicia
XII Edición Premio Internacional de Arquitectura Sostenible FASSA BORTOLO. Medalla de Plata. May 2017.
Premio Barcelona Building Construmat obra construida 2017. Finalist Project. May 2017. Honorable Mention.
VII Premio Ascensores ENOR. Finalist Project. May 2017.

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