LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory)
   
Project Name: LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory)
Year: 2016
Owner: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ESTIA-UPM)
Location: Madrid, Spain
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 800 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Joaquín Sicilia, Sicilia & Asociados Arquitectura

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Conceptual approaches of the Project according to its design and development:

The aim of the Project and the construction of the remodelling of the ETSIA Maintenance building in Madrid has been, since the beginning, to achieve a meeting point and a space dedicated to bioclimatic and urban agriculture research.

The various reasons to establish a center of such qualities in the Campus of University Excellence of Moncloa, Madrid, sponsored by UPM, are found in the principles of the community service of the Univeristy Institutions: scientific-technical education and analysis of the main matters that affect society while providing solutions.

The expected planning is developed from an international and global point of view of similar matters, contrasting the adopted solutions, and from there applying a local vision to the city and to the corresponding district.

The priority research guidelines are focused on the analysis of air pollution programmes (the use of heating sources for experimental crops, grey water recycling, use of rain water, photovoltaic panels, incorporation of green walls and green roofs research), according to a biodiversity concept that covers plant and animal kingdoms.
The Project also experiments on the possibilities of organic product recycling and the use of products like sheep wool in the substrate.

To achieve this aim, it is essential to consider the supply of appropriate equipment to the final building after the bioclimatic remodelling of the ETSIA Maintenance building in Madrid. The equipment proposal is studied in two stages in relation to the development of the research project.
A fundamental piece of this equipment is the formalisation around the building of a technologic cover capable of incorporating different equipments and bioclimatic systems for its anaylisis, after the interior remodelling.

This cover is itself a laboratory-building, shown as an active system capable of being configurated on demand as well as being provided every technological advance related to green economy. It has been developed based on a sub-structure attached to the building. This structure is a modular grid designed to provide mamximum flexibility with the incorporation of different elements, systems, and materials; achieving the perfect integration between natural and artificial components.

Its presence highlights the actual public space system of the School and is meant to be a landmark in the Campus circulations and an icon of technologic innovation. It is also an element that subtly combines natural elements with textures and light variations of the building façade: Greening at its purest expression which relates nature and the world of symbols and senses through materials themselves.

The LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory) space has become a public meeting point inside the University Campus.

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For more information regarding the LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory, please contact Joaquín Sicilia, Sicilia & Asociados Arquitectura at joaquin@siciliayasociados.com.
 
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