New BBVA Headquarters in Madrid by Herzog & de Meuron.

New BBVA Headquarters in Madrid by Herzog & de Meuron.
METALOCUS in New BBVA Headquarters. [MAD] Spain.
METALOCUS visited a new architectural icon in Madrid, New Headquarters for BBVA in Las Tablas, Madrid. This complex will change the skyline of Madrid with a new tall building, "la Vela", and will be a fundamental motor for the development and growth of the city and its surroundings. In this article you can see images of phase 1 and construction phase 2.

Below, different building systems are explained from a constructive point of view.

Building envelope.-

- A facade of the highest thermal and acoustic insulation (double glazing, inert gas chamber, ...). Brise-soleils are designed for energy simulation to optimize the entry of natural light, avoiding the direct sunlight and allowing the outside views.
- The tests performed show that the air conditioning systems requires two hours less of daily consumption compared with other buildings without these elements.


Screens are fixed pieces, although many people think otherwise. The orientation of the slats changes in each façade, according to sunlight.

These are pieces of steel coated with carbon-fibre-reinforced polyester and lacquered white. The design of these pieces is based on the human scale, the figure of a person sitting and standing are the positions of a worker in the office area, in order to generate a balance.

Brise-soleils have various widths to achieve a relatively smooth surface on the outside. The brise-soleils of a single height are placed along the whole facade and double more


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 more