The Business Incubator of Toledo Chamber of Commerce aims, on the one hand, to define a building image capable of being singled out in a symbolic function, and on the other, to seek maximum versatility and multiplicity in the uses and inertias of interior spaces. The project manifests a sensitivity close to the industrial and manufacturing reality, moving away from pre-defined schemes or standardized and generic ratios in traditional administrative use.
Sustained in strictly modular rhythms and organized with a sincere use and care of materials, a decision was taken to build two volumes through a simple constructive process. Its disposition, subjection and destiny offer a truthful dialogue subject to the insertion of these volumes in a plot converted into a patio-garden. The specific manipulation of the building’s morphology enables a fluid interior-exterior relationship in search of light, weaving the building and its connections. The centralization of communication and services centers deploys an open plan that guarantees the adequate conditions for a later distribution by areas and an arrangement of spaces according to changing needs, being defined by changeable partitions that give the building an optimal distributive freedom.
The architecture banks on a ceramic canvas, a material deeply rooted in the local tradition, as an evocative skin prior to the glazed areas. Present inside and outside the dominant volume, it collaborates on the control of solar radiation and causes, sifting the light, an infinity of transparencies, vibrations and different reflections.
In spite of its casual and spontaneous appearance, the ceramic lattice is governed by a totally systematized constructive praxis. From the metal sheets that cover the edges of the slabs, short brackets emerge, composed of a double plate that holds at its end the slender tensioned posts, to which the girts of the ceramic are screwed. The latter are formed of two small “U” profiles alternately drilled in their upper and lower faces to allow the penetration of small “pins” (steel bolts) that stabilize the ceramic piece preventing its movement and rotation. All this auxiliary structure of galvanized steel is subject to the module of the building. In the south and east façades the lattice is placed outside, separated from the glass by a maintenance gallery, characterizing the volume as a ceramic dihedron, representative of the building. In the north and west façades, the lattice is placed in the interior, behind the glass, filtering the light and approaching the visual and tactile perception of the user with its materiality.
The preferential and almost unique use of the ceramic canvas in the definition of the exterior image succeeds in qualifying the architecture. It creates a suggestive figure that, far from sterile camouflages, is capable of identifying and distinguishing the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Toledo.
Cámara de Comercio e Industria de Toledo
Javier Bernalte Patón
Jose Luís León
Carlos Graña Poyan
Building Engineer: Juan Valverde
Denmark Street 4, 45005 Toledo