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Impiva Technology Park


1993-1995

Castellón de la Plana,Spain


It consists of a building used to provide rental space for a seedbed of technologically innovative companies forming a small technological park in Valencia’s community.

The project can be understood from its location at the cross-roads of an axis which connects Castellón with its harbour: a chaotic fringe area of the city with the orange groves in front and the mountains in the background.

It can also be described from its program as a series of containers…from their function, from the internal articulation of the different parts, or from the construction of the skins. But I think that in this case the work of the architect manifests itself where there is non of this. Neither place, nor program or construction. Its the play of light at the interstices where the ideas of the project are more eloquent. These ambiguous interstitial spaces become the essence of the intervention. -(Deaf signs-monuments of another culture which speak a different language in a private conversation of one figure with its neighbour… -C. Grau)

The project explores the internal spatial relationships, the boundary between the internal and external space, in short, the way of creating a circulation through the building as the support of a heterogeneous program of the different pieces: small semi-industrial workshops, laboratories, offices, institutional dependencies and services. Inside, the circulation develops longitudinally and transversally as well as vertically, connecting all the parts of the program irrespective of any particular hierarchy. These elements of the program remain sewn in the built continuum of  the facades which are conceived  as an abstract whole, where the constructive solution of the different membranes constitutes the greater effort and reveal themselves as “thicker than paper”.

As a result of this, the series of end conditions become the formal expression  of the building. Each end condition is backed up internally by a long program container, and it is precisely their sowing together which generates the spatial perception, the play of the frontal and zenithal lighting, the ambiguity with the exterior, and the relationship to the landscape.

the stepping setbacks of the buildings provide rotundity and force in their urban context: the crossing between the  avenue that leads to the Grao and the future Castellon ring road.

the end views are static and monumental, the interstitial spaces ambiguous and transparent, the side views, with their superposition of different planes, convey a dynamic quality to the complex.

the view at night offers an x-ray which reveals the intention of the project: an interest in developing a tense relationship between the envelope and the internal space articulated by light, reaching beyond mere issues of language.

ARCHITECTS

Carlos Ferrater
Carlos Bento
Jaime Sanahuja

COLLABORATORS

C. Martín
Joan Guibernau
Carlos Escura

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Lluís Casals

Monographs

CARLOS FERRATER. PREMIO NACIONAL DE ARQUITECTURA. 2009. Ed. Ministerio de Fomento. ISBN 978 84 498 0921 7. p. 55; 184-187;

CARLOS FERRATER. OAB. 2006. Editorial Manel Padura. 978-84-934525-6-8. p. 110-121;

CARLOS FERRATER. WORKS AND PROJECTS. Intr. A. Pizza. 2002. 1º Edición. Editorial Electa, Milán. Phaidon Press. 1-9043-1308-6. p. 68-79;

CARLOS FERRATER. Intr. W. Curtis. 2000. 2º Edición. Editorial Actar. 84-95273-40-3. p. 122-135;

CARLOS FERRATER. Intr. E. Mantese. 2000. Munilla-Lería. Madrid. 84-89150-40-0. p. 202-211;

CARLOS FERRATER. BULDING A PUBLIC BUILDING. 1999. Editorial Logos. 88-7940-100-9. p. 18-25;

CARLOS FERRATER. Intr. W. Curtis. 1998. 1º Edición. Editorial Actar. 84-95273-40-3. p. 100-113;

CARLOS FERRATER. MATERIALIDAD. 1997. Ed. Torho-Valenciana de Cementos. p. 42-53;

CARLOS FERRATER. Ignasi de Solà-Morales. 1995. COAC. (www.editorialelecta.com). B23715-995. p. 106-119;

PIEZA ESPECIAL. 1994. Torho.

CARLOS FERRATER. OBRAS Y PROYECTOS 90’S. 1993. Catálogo de la Exposiciones. Galería Antonio de Barnola. Editorial Actar. Barcelona. p. 12;

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Book Chapters

ARCHITEKTUR WERKSTATT. 2015. p. 115;

35 YEARS OF SOCIAL ARCHITECTURE IN SPAIN. 2010.

REGISTRO DE ARQUITECTURA DEL S.XX. 2002. Comunidad Valenciana. p. 646;

RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY BUILDINGS. 2005. A design manual. Parque Tecnológico IMPIVA, Castellón, Spain. p. 94-95;

FORMSCHÖNHEIT Y ARQUITECTURA. 2003. Canarias. p. p. 80-83;

VISIONS. Nº1. 2003. Habitar significa dejar huellas. p. 50-53;

SPANIEN. ARCHITEKTUR IM 20. JAHRHUNDERT. 2000. Institutsanage fuer IMPIVA. p. 295;

ARQUITECTURA DEL SIGLO XX EN ESPAÑA. 2000. Exposiciones. Universal Hannover 2000. Tanais ediciones. p. 307;

EL ARTE DE CONSTRUIR. 1999. p. 2-3, contraportada;

ARTE DE CONSTRUIR. 1999. Valenciana de Cementos.

ARQUITECTURA EN LOS 90. 1998. Com. Valenciana/Generalitat . p. 114-119;

PREMIOS COAV. COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA ARQUITECTURA EN LOS 90. 1998. p. 114-119;

COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA ARQUITECTURA EN LOS 90. 1998. p. 114-125;

ARQUITECTURA AL DETALLE. 1997. p. 1-10; 13;

5TH MIES VAN DER ROHE PAVILION AWARD FOR EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE. 1997. Electa. Milán.

ARQUITECTURA Y EL CONTROL DE LOS ELEMENTOS. Oct, 1996. Capítulo Fuego. Balmes Ediciones S.L. ISBN-84-920886-1-3. p. 137;

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Cathalogs

ARQUITECTURA ESPAÑOLA 1975-2010. 2012 . 35+ “CONSTRUYENDO EN DEMOCRACIA”. Ministerio de Fomento.  p. 95;

TORHO. FERRATER – TOVOT. 2005. Obras realizadas con pieza prefabricada de hormigón FERRATER-TOVOT. p. 22-23;

PREMIS FAD. ARQ-INFAD. Abr, 2002. Obres finalistes 1996. p. 411;

8th INTERNATIONAL ALVAR AALTO SYMPOSIUM. 2000. 98-113;

5TH MIES VAN DER ROHE PAVILION AWARD FOR EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE. 1997. Electa. Milán. p. 60-63;

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Magazines

DESCUBRIR EL ARTE. Nº107. 2008. Madrid. p. 87;

DISEÑART MAGAZINE. Nº8. 2006. Madrid. p. 91;

FORMSCHÖNHEIT Y ARQUITECTURA. 2003. Canarias. p. 80-83;

B y N DOMINICAL. Nº45. Sep, 2001. Escala humana – Espacios íntimos de Carlos Ferrater. (9.09.2001). p. 84-85;

SPACE. Nº387. 2000. Korea. Interview with Carlos Ferrater. p. 50-71;

AV MONOGRAFÍAS. Nº79-80. 2000. España los 90. p. 79-80;

ARTE Y CEMENTO. Nº1831. 1998. p. 76-81;

NOTICRETO. Nº49. 1998. Colombia.

ARTE Y CEMENTO. Nº15-29. Ene, 1998. p. 76-81;

EL MUNDO. Nº82. 1997 Arquitectura: Carlos Ferrater. p. 98;

CIC. Nº304. Oct, 1997. p. 58-63;

RCT. Nº67. 1997.

DETAIL. Jul, 1997.

INDE. INFORMACIÓ I DEBAT. 1997. p. 5;

A+U. Nº318. 1997. p. 70-85; 86-93; 121;

COSTRUIRE. Nº 169 . 1997. Milán. p. 106-107;

ON DISEÑO. Nº175. Sep, 1996. Dep.legal B.38.681.1978.ISSN :0210-2080. p. 158-167;

QUADERNS D’ARQUITECTURA Y URBANISME. Nº211. Abr, 1996. Centre de recerca empresarial IMPIVA. p. 16-25;

REVISTA DE LA CONSTRUCCION. Nº56 . Jun, 1996.

DE ARCHITECT. Nº63. 1996. p. 47;

AV MONOGRAFÍAS. Ene, 1996. Anuario. ISBN 0213-487X. p. 29; 86-88;

DISEÑO INTERIOR. Nº51. 1996. Madrid. p. 50-51;

ALICER. 1996.

EL HIBRIDO. Nº3. Mar, 1996. Arquitectura. JANO. L.F. Arranz/C. Ferrater/J. Quetglas. p. 37-45;

CASABELLA. Nº638. Oct, 1996. Milán. p. 51;

EL CROQUIS. Nº76. Ene, 1995. Arquitectura española 95. Dep. Legal M-115-1982. p. 150-159;

ARQUITECTURA VIVA. Nº44. Nov, 1995. Cajas Lisas. Impiva. Cristina Grau.

AXXIS DISEÑO. 1995. Decoración y mas. p. 8-14;

DISEÑO INTERIOR. Nº51. Mar, 1995. Madrid. p. 50;

ARQUTIECTURA VIVA. Nº43. 1995. Carlos Ferrater, la elegancia versátil. p. 76;

TECTONICA. Nº1. Ene, 1995. Acero (II). Fachadas ligeras. p. 70-81;

AXXIS ARQUITECTURA. Nº35. Ago, 1995. Tras la complejidad de lo esencial. Colombia. p. 8-12;

EL CROQUIS. Nº76. 1995. p. 150-159;

ARQUTIECTURA VIVA. Nº44. 1995. Cajas listas. p. 80-85;

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Guides

GUIA DE ARQUITECTURA DE ESPAÑA 1929-2000. 2000. Ed. Gustavo Gili. p. 163;

GUIA DE ARQUITECTURA DE ESPAÑA 1920-2000. 1998. Tanais, Ed. p. 325;

ARQUITECTURA DE ESPAÑA 1929-1996. 1996.

Avenida del Mar, Castellón, Spain