The new CPS corporate group headquarters, located in the Getafe Science and Technology Park, was created under the signature of Touza Arquitectos, a studio that has designed more than 2,000 projects in its forty-year history. With Julio Touza Rodríguez at the forefront, a modern and attractive design was sought that reflected CPS's corporate identity: dynamism, innovation, transparency and technology. This "intelligent and eco-efficient" building, designed under bioclimatic criteria, is intended to house offices and studies equipped with the latest technologies in energy resource management.
The studio opted for sustainability and innovation, concepts that are also inherent in CORTIZO's philosophy. The Spanish leader in the design of aluminium systems for architecture was chosen by Touza Arquitectos to provide solutions in the field of enclosures. CORTIZO put the collaboration of its R&D&I and Architecture and Engineering departments at the service of the studio in order to provide the appropriate technical assistance for the needs of the project.
A modular building seen as a whole
The new CPS Group headquarters occupies 11,500 m² of constructed area. The building is conceived as a set of differentiated pieces whose connections allow a "unitary reading" of the whole. It is structured in two floors below ground level, ground floor and three floors in height. Under the complex, in a single basement level, both the parking garage and the areas dedicated to the service of employees and the facilities of the complex are developed. As the courtyards penetrate below the ground level, this floor plan is granted natural light and stunning vistas of a small garden patio. Meanwhile, the cafeteria has access to a terrace with a smooth landscaped declining slope that accentuates the building's "scope". The terrace is protected by the spectacular flight of the third floor that is projected on the entrance, giving the main façade a strong allure.
The entrance to the complex is located perpendicularly to the main road, taking as visual reference the axis under the walkway of the two main blocks. Guests access through the western block, under the “door canopy” of the walkway that joins both buildings. In buildings with a lot of movement of people it is also necessary to find an ideal door which meets the needs of maximum quality and safety. In this project, the Millenium Door 200 Plus system summarizes the both values, since it has been specially designed for this kind of use. On the inside of the building, the main hall has its own distinct entity due to a lobby at triple height, which communicates with the upper floors of offices.
Touza Arquitectos has also paid special attention to the development of free areas, with extensive areas with trees and gardens, combined with a meticulous design of the lighting at night and layers of water. The access to surrounding buildings, which in addition to the main entrance also has an entrance for loading and unloading operations, makes it possible to reserve a back road , freeing the rest of the area from road traffic.
Maximising the use of sunlight
The ideal orientation of the working spaces and the adaptation to the surroundings, are some of the hallmarks of this building. The architecture, in this case, is conditioned by the shape of the area and its location inside the urbanisation. However, its design is strategically uses the orientation of the façades and the layout of the inner courtyards, to favour the course of the sun and taking advantage of the airflow. All the offices have a double orientation, which ensures an ideal use of solar radiation. The outside façades are projected towards the north, from where they receive a diffuse and uniform light, perfect for the kind of R&D activities developed inside the building. Orientated towards the south, with a light that is more difficult to control and more unpleasant for working, is the most opaque part of the building.
The block devoted to offices is L-shaped with two arms, the largest of which has a trapezoidal shape to strengthen the corner. Between all three elements there are courtyards, stairs, lifts and toilets. These elements ensure an adequate relation between the pieces and provide attractive “”mediation areas” which ensure the permeability of the inside of the building. The open spaces, which are glazed, are specially characteristic in this building, transmitting the corporate values of the company.
The brightness in the inside of the building has much to do with the TPH 52 FAÇADE of CORTIZO. Touza Arquitectos chose this curtain wall with a concealed vertical gasket and a horizontal end plate. Compound by two sashes, the first on the framework, made opaline with serigraphy, and the second, transparent, for the viewing zone. In both cases the composition of the glass is 6/12/6, where the outside glass is 3+3 on the ground floor or in outside areas with danger of impact.
We must not forget that one of the bases of the project of Julio Touza Sacristán was the construction of an “eco-efficient building”. The large Thermal Break area of the TPH 52 façade which can reach 30 mm has contributed to this. Together with the large glazing capacity up to 44 mm, with glass compositions of great thickness and energy efficient have provided an excellent thermal and acoustic performance. Also, it is worth noting the maximum performances of this curtain wall, which has obtained excellent results on the AEV test bench and was awarded with the CWCT Certification in accordance with the British regulations.
The TPH 52 façade is a mixed system, with a seen indoors section of 52 mm, which arises from the combination of the TP 52 and the SG 52. This system still holds the coupling pressure profile-end plate in the horizontal gaskets, emphasising the shape, whereas the fixation of the glass is done with clips and the U-profile on the horizontal edges. There are different possibilities of end plates: H-shaped, elliptical and rectangular. The mounted mullions and transoms and at different levels allow waterfall drainage, along with pipettes and continuity pieces, ensure the total watertightness, drainage and the evacuation of the enclosure.
In the new headquarters of the CPS group, aesthetic and luminosity are also possible with the COR 70 Hidden Sash CC16 RPT of CORTIZO, with a seen profile section of 70 mm and a maximum glazing surface which can reach 85% of glass in the total area of the window. With these features we ensure maximising the use of natural light and obtaining a perfect uniformity with the aesthetic of the façade. All this reinforced by the maximum energy efficiency (window transmittance from 1,2 W/m²K) and superb classifications in AEV tests: permeability(4), watertightness (E1500), and windload (C5)
Bioclimatic endowments and energy saving
In this commitment with sustainability and environment protection, Touza Arquitectos sought for different solutions to achieve a high energy efficiency and thermal comfort in the building. Based on an “ecological architecture” and respectful with the environment, they proposed using materials which spend their cycle of life without almost generating any emissions, like in the case of aluminium. The CORTIZO enclosures present in this project meet this need The façades, doors and windows ensure a higher thermal insulation and an optimal energy saving.
The use of geothermal energy, the use of lighting elements with photovoltaic micro panels or taking advantage of the benefits of the vegetation at a bioclimatic level, are other solutions Touza Arquitectos included in the headquarters of the CPS group, seeking for an ecologically sustainable project.
PROJECT:: Headquarters of the CPS group
LOCATION: Technological and Scientific Park of Getafe.
ARCHITECT: Touza Arquitectos.
SYSTEMS USED:TPH 52 Façade, Millenium Door 2000, COR 70 Hidden Sash CC16, COR 3000.
INSTALLER: Cerrajería Nogales.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Alfonso Quiroga.