Docks in Avilés Port [Neighbours of Óscar Niemeyer] | Baragaño Architects

“If you want to build a boat, don’t start looking for wood, cutting planks or distributing the work, first you have to remind in men the longing of sea, free and wide”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A privileged location in the Aviles harbour sited in front of the city. An industrial landscape with ArcelorMittal´s factory as main character.


Because of the fast growth of the city, the new plan for the harbour [Innovation Island. Norman Foster] and neighbour building from Oscar Niemeyer, we are invited to propose an alternative to the existing project, a conventional industrial storage, with 120 m of facade to the city, this was the starting point.

We think in the idea of containers, a port image, placed in the mind of the people. The containers give shape to the facades and to the roof, breaking the building in colourful pixels that help to integrate the big scale building in the place, adding movement and colour to the area.

The chosen of the colours is not Only because of the logos of the two companies, but also because of an intention of relation with the industrial areas in the surroundings and with the colours that have been used in industrial storage buildings,

Over a dark socket, Metallic, built as a Hulk, born the tower, over the landscape, dialoguing with cranes and pipes, breaking again the continuity of the facade. This element will hold the logos of the companies that will use the building [ArcelorMittal and AGP] and is also the limit with the roof, the fifth facade of the building, very important because of the view from the planes that land and take off in the nearest airport.

The sheds are built entirely of steel, including the frame, the exterior building skins, façades and roof, with the logical and rational use of materials as manner of construction. All the components of the building are produced at the nearby factories, and, as a bolded-steel structure, is totally demountable and recyclable. The components are also composed by a high percentage of recycled material – more than seventy per cent – produced using an electric furnace system.

Two different types of enclosure are combined:

· The black basement and tower cladding is made of metallic sandwich-type panels, composed by two steel sheets 0.5mm thickness internally coated with 60mm polyurethane insulate, that provides the enclosure a thermal insulate of 0,36W/m2ºK and an acoustic insulation of 28 dB.

· The panels are fixed by a tongue-and-groove lapping, which avoids panels from swinging and allows make a hidden screwing to overlap the panels.

· Over this black basement stands the coloured façade, realized with breadth and depth galvanized steel profiles (PL40/250) 0,8mm thickness with a Polyurethane polyamide internal coating. These profiles are directly screwed to the secondary structure formed by cold-formed steel profiles. As it is an industrial building that works as a warehouse, it´s not necessary the use of thermal insulate.

Work: Docks in Avilés Port [Neighbours of Óscar Niemeyer]
Location: Dársena de San Agustín. Puerto de Avilés. Asturias. España
Year: 2007-2008
Author: [baragaño]
Promoter: ArcelorMittal y AGP [Actividades Generales Portuarias]
Collaborators: Studies and Projects
Photography: Mariela Apollonio [Fotógrafa de Arquitectura]
Builder: Conrado Antuña | Arcelor Construcción
Ilumination: Reima
Budget: 1.212.275,70 euros
Built surface: 3.220 m2

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