José María Sánchez García, facilities for MEGAISA in Don Benito
Photos: Roland Halbe
The San Isidro industrial complex in Don Benito – a small town in Badajoz province, in the Spanish region of Extremadura – now includes facilities of the electrical systems company MEGAISA. With its built area of 1,500 square meters and budget of 700,000 euros, the work of the Madrid practice of José María Sánchez García combines three strategies in a formal play of symmetries and asymmetries highlighted by metallic shines and contrasts.
On the one hand, the building takes up the entire perimeter of the lot, leaving a courtyard inside for maneuvers. The dimensions of this courtyard are determined by the turning radius of large trucks. Inside the building, the ‘doughnut’ circulation links all the spaces in a continuous chain.
On the other hand, pushing the 30x30-meter courtyard off center with respect to the large, 45x45-meter outer square, results in two widths in the construction: 6 meters for the administrative spaces and 9 meters for the factory area. In the section, the extrusion of four volumes ten meters tall – turned to form a swastika – forms some industrial battlements containing a sequence of free heights and mezzanines.
Finally, the structure of metallic porticos is covered with a mini-wave sheet of galvanized steel. The hermetic exterior presents rectangular openings whose solar protectors – the result of punching the sheet – jut out from the facade surface.
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