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Laboratories for Universidad Miguel Hernánde in Orihuela / Spain by SUBARQUITECTURA + J.M. Torres Nadal (ES)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 06.11.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

The Spanish architects of SUBARQITECTURA realised these laboratories for the UMH University in Orihuela / Spain together with their collegue J.M. Torres Nadal. The building is located inside the Campus de los Desamparados in Orihuela, next to a lemon orchard. There, the conditions of light, lack of rain and heat are extreme, exceeding 40º C during the summer months.

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

“Laboratories and departments are grouped by a structure of interspersed rings, which contain a system of semi-outdoor courtyards connected with each other at different levels.

These rings are composed of three white plastic strips: the bottom one, in contact with the ground, is semi-transparent and porous, and lets you view the outside when you are sitting; the middle strip, very opaque and technical, leads the large volume of required facilities inside; and the last one, very diffuse, regulates the atmosphere and creates shadows, as a big cloud.”

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

“The semi-open courtyards become important meeting spaces, while allowing access to labs. In its technified semi-interior, conditions of light, humidity and temperature are locally modified by multiple infra-red and humidifiers.”

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

Client: UMH (Universidad Miguel Hernández)

Built Area: 1954 m2

Completed in June 2008

to the SUBARQUITECTURA website

to the J.M.Torres Nadal website

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