The Barcelona Media-ICT received the award World Architecture Festival, as the most ecological building of 2011. It is one of the four buildings that exist in Europe considered “zero emissions“.
It has a cubic shape and its structure is formed by an internal iron skeleton covered with a series of inflatable bubbles. This allows you to take advantage of great brightness, to avoid the use of artificial light.
The translucent coating you are using is the Innovative ETFE (Ethilene Tetrafluor Ethilene). This polymer works as an external cover and as a movable sunscreen, saving energy in air conditioning and improving the entry of light into the structure. This coating measures only 0.2mm and manages to filter up to 85% of UV light, being also non-stick, preventing it from getting dirty.
When the radiation is too strong in summer, the material becomes opaque, preventing the building from heating intelligently and making the use of air conditioning unnecessary. When it’s cold, the bubbles let in light, spending 20% less energy on heating.
The energy saving of this construction is equivalent to avoiding the emission of 114 tons of CO2 per year into the atmosphere.
The roof of the building is covered with photovoltaic panels and a landscaped area. At the water level, a cistern collects rainwater and uses it in the building’s non-potable water circuit.
The Media-TIC at 14,000m2 spaces by companies, research and training, and gives priority to spatial intercommunication, to interrelations with the 22 @ Barcelona district, to which I belong, and to the development of synergies, as corresponds to a cluster space.
The Open University of Catalonia will occupy the 5000 m2 the three upper floors of the building where the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute (IN3) and the ELearn Center, and Barcelona’s digital technology center will also have its headquarters in almost an entire factory.
Seen in: masverdedigital.com.