14/05/2014

Overview of New Headquarters for BBVA. La Vela extends the Madrid skyline.

BBVA [MAD] Spain.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
From BBVA sent us these aerial images of the evolution of the construction of this complex of buildings that are ending in Madrid, where they just get to its roof according to the project by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron Architekten. La Vela is the name of the highest in the whole of that building then we show the these spectacular images.

In July 2013 and in January 2014 we present to our readers two articles of the construction process on this complex of buildings, that it is ending in Madrid by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron Architekten. In July last year the delivery of the first phase was conducted , now fully operational and occupied by the bank employees.

If you come or leave to Madrid by the "A-1", popularly known as the Burgos road, so far the main image of Madrid was 4 towers of Castellana. A new skyline and much before reaching Madrid, now, you will find a new figure formed by the building "La Vela", the tallest building complex that BBVA is developing in Tables, an area just outside Madrid, to centralize its offices.

New forms of work-based technology will facilitate the daily lives of the 6,000 employees of the new headquarters.

The design of the BBVA City is a project by Herzog & de Meuron.

The city of Madrid has a new architectural landmark located in the district of Las Tablas, in the north of the capital. La Vela is an elliptical tower with an equivalent to the Statue of Liberty in New York which has already reached its maximum height (93 m) tall. Soon they will begin the work of glazing on both faces.

Overview of New Headquarters for BBVA in Las Tablas, Madrid, by Herzog & de Meuron Architekten. Photography courtesy of BBVA /Tafyr. Click above to see larger image.
Overview of New Headquarters for BBVA in Las Tablas, Madrid, by Herzog & de Meuron Architekten. Photography courtesy of BBVA /Tafyr. Click above to see larger image.
Overview of New Headquarters for BBVA in Las Tablas, Madrid, by Herzog & de Meuron Architekten. Photography courtesy of BBVA /Tafyr. Click above to see larger image.
Overview of New Headquarters for BBVA in Las Tablas, Madrid, by Herzog & de Meuron Architekten. Photography courtesy of BBVA /Tafyr. Click above to see larger image.
Overview of New Headquarters for BBVA in Las Tablas, Madrid, by Herzog & de Meuron Architekten. Photography courtesy of BBVA /Tafyr. Click above to see larger image.
HERZOG &
DE MEURON

Herzog & de Meuron Architekten is a Swiss architecture firm, founded and headquartered in Basel, Switzerland in 1978. The careers of founders and senior partners Jacques Herzog (born 1950), and Pierre de Meuron (born 1950), closely paralleled one another, with both attending the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich. They are perhaps best known for their conversion of the giant Bankside Power Station in London to the new home of the Tate Museum of Modern Art (2000). Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have been visiting professors at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 1994 and professors at ETH Zürich since 1999.

Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by five Senior Partners – Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler and Stefan Marbach. An international team of 38 Associates and about 362 collaborators.

Herzog & de Meuron received international attention very early in their career with the Blue House in Oberwil, Switzerland (1980); the Stone House in Tavole, Italy (1988); and the Apartment Building along a Party Wall in Basel (1988).  The firm’s breakthrough project was the Ricola Storage Building in Laufen, Switzerland (1987).  Renown in the United States came with Dominus Winery in Yountville, California (1998). The Goetz Collection, a Gallery for a Private Collection of Modern Art in Munich (1992), stands at the beginning of a series of internationally acclaimed museum buildings such as the Küppersmühle Museum for the Grothe Collection in Duisburg, Germany (1999).

In many projects the architects have worked together with artists, an eminent example of that practice being the collaboration with Rémy Zaugg, Thomas Ruff and with Michael Craig-Martin.

Professionally, the Herzog & de Meuron partnership has grown to become an office with over 120 people worldwide. In addition to their headquarters in Basel, they have offices in London, Munich and San Francisco. Herzog has explained, “We work in teams, but the teams are not permanent. We rearrange them as new projects begin. All of the work results from discussions between Pierre and me, as well as our other partners, Harry Gugger and Christine Binswanger. The work by various teams may involve many different talents to achieve the best results which is a final product called architecture by Herzog & de Meuron.”

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