World Architecture Day 05·10·2020
Seven architectural icons built with Porcelanosa lifestyle
We will visit the most representative buildings in New York, Chicago, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Shenzhen and Madrid to see how urban planning and the dynamics of their population have evolved.
Architecture is a universal discipline that seeks to connect the individual with space through materials, forms and territorial planning. In line with this principle, Porcelanosa has strengthened the links between society and design with more sustainable and durable collections that make each infrastructure an integral part of its natural environment.
Well-being, inclusion and technological innovation are among the values that the firm has defended in each project, thus modernizing the narrative and the use humans make of their habitat.
We review the development of cities and the social changes that have taken place in them through seven iconic buildings built using Porcelanosa products.
Commodore Criterion in New York
Located on the iconic Fifth Avenue, this 1918 building was one of the most representative projects of architects Ely Jacques Kahn and Albert Buchman and is now Porcelanosa’s main showroom in New York. Refurbished by Norman Foster’s architectural studio (Foster+Partners), which restored the façade to its original appearance, its windows depict the history and architectural development of the Big Apple.
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The Clare in New York
Designed by Manuel Glas Architects, The Clare looks back to the old style of skyscraper in New York with light structures and more open spaces. With 19 storeys and 30 apartments, this building enjoys one of the best panoramic views of the city.
CME Building in Chicago
Built in the early nineteenth century, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Center is one of the most significant buildings in the post-modern American architecture movement, which tried to break away from the classical academic approach. Its original structure, which retains part of the first building, now includes some of Porcelanosa’s products (Krion™ K-Life), added by the Krueck + Sexton Architects studio.
The cradle of knowledge in Montpellier, this campus designed by BPA Architects is an example of cutting-edge architecture based on pure geometric forms. Its façade, a tribute to arithmetic, incorporates Krion™ K-Life compact mineral by Porcelanosa, reinforcing the idea of universal science through an infinite structure that stretches up to the sky.
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Institut d’Optique d’Aquitaine en Talence
Associated with the University of Bordeaux, this ophthalmology institute has incorporated Porcelanosa’s Krion compact mineral in its façade, integrating the building in its natural surroundings.
Shenzhen Zhongzhou, China
This skyscraper is one of the highest in Shenzhen and its main structure includes Krion™ compact mineral and Butech’s construction solutions. The curvature of its floors creates a feeling of movement that eases the hectic pace of the city.
3M Innovation Centre in Madrid
This 3,000-square metre building designed by architect Julio Touza is intended for innovation and new technologies. Divided into four levels, it contains 12 laboratories and experimentation centres that aim to promote energy efficiency and smart projects. These values are reflected in its main façade, which has a double skin designed with Krion™ Solid Surface. Non-porous, light and suitable for thermoforming, it helps to improve ventilation and soundproofing in the rooms.