Monday, 13 December 2010
HI-MACS - Torre de Cristal
The 50th floor was designed as a polyvalent space for use by all offices occupying the building that are distributed over its 52 floors.
It is a privileged area boasting the latest, most up-to-date audiovisual and IT technologies on the market.
‘Torre de Cristal’ is the second highest building in Spain. It is located in the Cuatro Torres Business Área (Four Towers Business Area), the capital’s new financial sector situated to the North of the Paseo de la Castellana.
The architect responsible for designing the Glass Tower is César Pelli, who was also responsible for designing Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, a national symbol of Malaysia.
The interiors of the 249 metre-high skyscrapers are designed by Joaquin Torres and his partner, Rafael Llamazares. In these towers, A-cero used all available resources to satisfy its clients.
The office block’s public rooms follow a common theme with a clean, modern design creating an elegant, sophisticated and functional environment. The continuous round space was designed by A-cero to match the “sculpted diamond” which, according to Pelli himself, is an attempt to portray a sense of reality through its Crystal Tower.
The company responsible for choosing most of the furniture was Candida Hermida, which followed A-Cero's designs using 9 and 12 mm-thick HI-MACS® Alpine White and 12 mm Black for some of its items.
This required the use of 152 sheets of HI-MACS® and a total surface area of 425.11 m2. HI-MACS® hardness and resistance stands up to the constant daily use of the furniture.
The 14-metre long conference table is a prominent item due to its size, design and incorporation of an automatic screen-raising system that emerges from under the table itself. Thanks to HI-MACS®, which enables parts to be joined together without any apparent joints, the table seems to be made out of a single block.
HI-MACS® is once again evident here in the furniture and floor. The executive director’s office has two tables made out of HI-MACS® Alpine White. Finally, we can appreciate HI-MACS® in some public areas of the offices such as bathrooms (countertops and accessories), the office, and on signs found in the office and distribution area (ancillary equipment and table).
The Glass Tower project is another real example of the endless possibilities offered by HI-MACS® design and applications for the most innovative and state-of-the-art buildings.
Project: Torre de Cristal (Crystal Tower) Interior Design Project
Design: A-Cero – Joaquin Torres Architects
Site: Madrid, Spain
Fabricator: Grupo Cándido Hermida
Photographs: A-Cero – Joaquin Torres Architects
Material: HI-MACS® Alpine White, Black