This new Research Centre acts as a centralized location for the scientific laboratories offering support to University research programs. It is situated on the edge of the University Campus and is adjacent to a number of fields used by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. This location lends the building a particularly strategic importance in the future development of the campus and the image of the institution for the surrounding area.
While the laboratories and technical services are located below ground level and built using a stepped structure in direct reference to the nearby terraced fields, the part of the building that houses the co-working offices and meeting rooms, which is the area meant to transfer the results of the research to society, is given special status by being raised above the rest, thereby converting it into a point of reference for the network of public spaces on the campus.
The large terrace situated at the building’s entrance links the administrative and research areas and illustrates the building’s continuity with the surrounding farmland.
On the lower level, a perimeter ring used for circulation acts as a filter between the interior and exterior and, together with the linear patios, defines the building’s internal landscape and highlights the fact that this space is reserved for research.
The building’s semi-submerged distribution uses the existing land mass for passive insulation purposes, while the green roofs can be seen as a natural extension of the terraced farmland.
The SEGAI acts as a landmark and transitional element that highlights the perception of continuity between the urban campus and the natural, rural landscape surrounding the building.
SEGAI Research Centre, University of La Laguna
Campus Universitario de Anchieta s/n, La Laguna. Tenerife. Canary Islands. Spain
Juan Antonio González Pérez, Urbano Yanes Tuña
José Ángel Yanes Tuña
Miriam Hernández Pérez
University of La Laguna
Moncobra S.A., Grupo Cobra
Michel Correa dos Ramos, José González Doña
Joaquín Ponce de León
German Design Council Iconic Awards, 2014: Winner | International Architecture Award, 2013: Winner | LEAF Awards, 2012: Shortlisted | Barbara Cappochin Prize, 2011: Finalist - The best 40 International Projects | WAF World Architecture Festival, 2011: Shortlisted.
Magazines: Arquitectura Viva n.172 (2015)