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Monday28 July 2014

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Herzog & de Meuron reveals design for Madrid bank HQ

Herzog & de Meuron's new headquarters for BBVA, Madrid, Spain
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Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled designs for the Madrid headquarters of Spanish bank BBVA.

The design concept proposes creating a small city and artificial oasis on a site on the outskirts of the city, described by the architects as a “desert-like” space.

Herzog & de Meuron’s scheme consists of a series of long thin three-storey buildings separated by alleyways and gardens intended to recreate the effect of an Arabian garden across the site. Each window will offer workers a “green” view.

The main building has been cut out of the carpet created by the scheme and tilted upwards to create a circular plaza and tower.

Lift use will be discouraged in the building, which is low-rise and transparent to help foster a sense of community.

The 100,000sq m building is due for completion in 2013.


A model of Herzog & de Meuron's new headquarters for BBVA, Madrid, Spain
Credit: Herzog & de Meuron
A model of the new headquarters for BBVA, Madrid, Spain

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  • well , I am questioning myself ???? which 'necropolis' have i come to???? I sincerely hope that talented architects like Herzog de Meuron --et al , will learn to respect the sensibilities of the common man and his city -- beyond their ego centric fantasies - - this is true for most of their works

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