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The facade of the warehouses were designed in a way to stand out from the surrounding buildings in the industrial area, creating a strategic landmark that can easily located.
The black ‘pavilions’ feature traditional pitched roofs and a concrete base, complete with a steel skeleton with a facade of corrugated paneling.
To contrast the more minimal and traditional shape of the warehouses, d’Castro used strong fluorescent colours inside the volume, including yellow, magenta, blue and and lemon green.
“The psychology of the colors is directly related to the wellness of the workers, in order to create a lively and happy working place that promotes their productivity and efficiency,” said d’Castro.
Natural lighting is also introduced into the space through the use of several openings that fill the space with daylight, and minimises the use of artificial lighting.
The architecture and engineering of the project as been designed hand in hand in order to optimise all aspects of construction and time frames, d’Castro said.
“The general design obeys to a strict module that has been repeated throughout the whole project in order to define the dimensions of the openings, spacing between pillars, and façade design. This introduces a clean design in the façade and gives rhythm to its openings as an organized system,” she added.
The mezzanine floor houses office spaces and is designed to be both visually striking and highly functional due to the daily heavy use.
“The color identity is kept by using an orange epoxy flooring inside the offices and the main corridor in concrete flooring with a clear resin coating,” said d’Castro.
All the furniture was custom-designed by BIA Design to match the overall design aesthetics of the project, and produced in Portugal.
D’Castro said one of the main advantages of using a steel structure lies in its flexibility and adaptability.
“The long spans and minimal use of internal columns are easily and cost effectively achieved with steel construction which offers the maximum opportunity for the building to be able to accommodate change efficiently,” she said.
“Steel buildings can be easily modified, strengthened and extended. So, the ability to extend the structure at some future stage can be incorporated into the original design and construction details.
“The external envelope maybe renewed, upgraded or modified. Future owners – and users with different requirements – can readily adapt a steel building to their specific needs.
“When sustainability is taken into account, steel can be recycled any number of times without loss of quality or strength. Steel building components are fabricated under factory-controlled conditions with minimal waste – for instance off-cuts are recycled as scrap.
“Then as the site activity is mainly assembly, there is rarely any waste on site. Steel structures, particularly the relatively simple structures commonly used in single storey buildings, can be easily dissembled. Components may be reused– portal frames and similar structures are frequently dismantled and used at other locations. Recycling and reuse are key features of the circular economy.”
The Rockwool sandwich panels which also form a major part of the structure were chosen as they are light in weight, have high mechanical strength, strong corrosion resistance, along with high durability, and weather resistance.