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Baragaño

Europa | Avilés

The new Fundación Metal corporate headquarters in Avilés in Spain’s ore-rich Asturias region, famous for its steel industry, is a bold architectural statement. The transfer of the steel plant from the old town centre to a new industrial zone near the port makes a site designated for heavy industry take a quantum leap. The new complex gives an urban quality to the area, all the more so since Fundación Metal is also a vocational training centre with a statutory commitment to development and innovation. [baragaño]’s programme is a weave of many threads. It pays tribute to the local industrial fabric, transposing some of its characteristically urban features to the new industrial district. At the same time, it makes experimental use of industrial materials, creating a functional complex that is also an urban entity. [baragaño]’s approach is that of the sculptor. There are clear references...

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