Location: Carretera de Pozuelo a Majadahonda, Majadahonda, MADRID.
Owner: Institute of Health Carlos III. Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness
Design: Alberto Pineda, Pinearq Arquitectos.
Construction supervision: José Enrique Fombella Guillem and Marta Pastor
The National Centre of Microbiology is located on the Institute of Health Carlos III Majadahonda Campus occupying several scattered buildings that are both poorly equipped and poorly organised.
The design brings the facilities together and centralises them in a new building, to be extended at a later date when it will connect functionally with other buildings currently being refurbished.
The complex design brief and technology required for the Centre’s laboratories, the specific biosafety areas, the network of building services and technical areas all make the facilities very special.
Our studio’s task was to address issues arising during construction while being faithful to the spirit of the design. Therefore a special effort was made to deal with details and construction solutions in a logical way, so that they would optimise the use of the spaces planned, make rational use of the services and treat the envelope with care, all within some very tight budget parameters.