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Zamora Offices by Alberto Campo Baeza situated in Calle Obispo Manso, Zamora, Spain | The Hardt
Zamora Offices (2012) by Alberto Campo Baeza situated in Calle Obispo Manso, Zamora, Spain. the 130,243 ft² (12,100 m²) office space is facing the cathedral and completely enclosed on all sides, by a wall made entirely of stone. Within the walls, is the glass box, made entirely of glass, similar to a greenhouse. In collaboration with Pablo Fernández Lorenzo, Pablo Redondo Díez, Alfonso González Gaisán, and Francisco Blanco Velasco. Facing the cathedral and following the outline of the former convent’s kitchen garden, we erect a strong stone wall box open to the sky. Its walls and floors entirely made of stone. The very same stone as the Cathedral. A real Hortus Conclusus. In the corner facing the cathedral, a massive stone measuring 250x150x50, a veritable Cornerstone. And chiseled on that stone: Within the stone box, a glass box, only glass. Like a greenhouse. With a double facade similar to a Trombe wall. The external skin of the facade is made of glass, every single sheet measuring 600x300x1,2 and all joined together simply with structural silicone and hardly anything else. As if entirely made of air. The trihedral upper angles of the box are made completely with glass, thus even further accentuating the effect of transparency. Precisely what Mies was looking for in his Friedrichstrasse tower. The trihedron built with air, a true Glass Corner. And engraved in acid on the glass:
The stone box made from Memory. With its Cornerstone deeply rooted in the soil.
The glass box made for the Future. With its Glass Corner blending into the sky.
© Javier Callejas
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