Posted 13 July 2011, by Irina Vinnitskaya, Arch Daily (FM Living), archdaily.com
The project presented here – Green Building: Madan Technology Center – was planned by the Forward architectural firm following a commission by the Association of the Almada / Setúbal Science and Technology Park – Madan Parque. The site is located in Portugal, on a site near the Faculty of Sciences and Technology – Nova University and is designed to host the Company Innovation program and a Data Centre serving the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region. Given its characteristics, the infrastructure shall serve as a pole of attraction for high technology companies in the context of an architectural proposal that is moving towards innovative solutions to the environmental issues of today.
More details on this project after the break.
The project strives to establish a relationship between the building and its context, the artificial and the natural, hoping to reflect a facility that maintains a dialogue with its landscape and the new environment paradigms while exploring technological solutions. This responds to a functional program with appropriate solutions while simultaneously introducing differentiating factors that make the architectonic object a contemporary and innovative proposal capable of ensuring its status as a benchmark in energy efficiency and sustainability. This building aims to guarantee its classification as a “Nearly Zero Energy Building”. This building is programmed to function as a Data Center, in the basement, as well as a cultural facility on the remaining floors. There are various service areas made up of offices, meeting rooms and a multimedia amphitheatre in addition to various support structures.
As a sustainable building, the objectives extend to taking out LEED Certificate and ensure it becomes a reference in Portugal: Green Building would be the third in the country with this certification type and the first in the south of the country. In addition, the solutions adopted for the buildings pre-empt all the regulatory requirements set out in European Union legislation for 2020 (Energy Performance Building Directive, recast, May 2010). The uniqueness of the program, allied with its guidelines deriving from the issues of energy efficiency and sustainability, ensure this building results from the combining of knowledge and professional skills that shall be indispensable to sustaining the balance between the built and the natural environments planned for the future.