Btek – Interpretation centre of Technology | ACXT ArchitectsEdit profile
The Btek – Interpretation centre of Technology by ACXT Architects consists of two apparently uninterrupted pyramid-shaped volumes that connect below ground level. The building is located on one of the highest points of the Vizcaya Technology Park and close to the Bilbao airport’s flight path for takeoffs and landings. It aims to create a landmark in its landscape.Btek - Interpretation centre of Technology, conceptual image courtesy of ACXT ArchitectsBtek - Interpretation centre of Technology, diagram courtesy of ACXT ArchitectsBTEK is an interpretation centre for new technologies, aimed at student visitors.The Centre’s promoter, Parque Tecnológico, S.A., (Technology Park) set out the following as the most important guidelines:Btek - Interpretation centre of Technology, image courtesy of ACXT ArchitectsThe site’s location, on one of the highest points of the Vizcaya Technology Park and close to the Bilbao airport’s flight path for takeoffs and landings, helps with the aim of making the building a landmark in its landscape.The building consists of two apparently uninterrupted pyramid-shaped volumes that connect below ground level.Btek - Interpretation centre of Technology, image courtesy of ACXT ArchitectsThe five galleries are designed to be visited sequentially. In order to serve for a wide variety of possible exhibitions and contents, the galleries have been designed with very different characteristics: from those with ceilings at a conventional height to galleries with variable-height ceilings, reaching up to 16 metres of clear height, and with or without natural lighting.A wide ramp for vehicular traffic has been designed near the pedestrian entrance, allowing access to the car park and installations rooms, as well as allowing for direct access to the exhibition galleries if large pieces need to be placed.Btek - Interpretation centre of Technology, image courtesy of ACXT ArchitectsThe pedestrian entrance is formed from the first volume, the fold on a corner marking the building entrance and access ramp. As the visitor descends, a metallic projection covers the arrival path and gathers the visitor in.Called “The Ravine” for its narrow dimensions and 18-metres of clear height, the reception space marks the initial passage into the building. The sense of squeezing through is emphasized by the narrowing of the path and the ceiling heights that become lower as the visitor moves along.The building’s exhibition set-up is arranged on three floors terraced in arrangements parallel to the site’s steep slope, so that the ground floor and the second floor have direct street-level access to the exterior. The three floors are connected by large stairways and ramps that follow the geometry and the volume of the whole so that the building is experienced as a single, undivided space.Btek - Interpretation centre of Technology, section courtesy of ACXT ArchitectsProject: Btek – Interpretation centre of Technology Location: Derio, Bizkaia, Spain Client: Parque Tecnológico S.A. Building contractor: OHLArchitecture: ACXT Architects Project Architect: Gonzalo Carro Collaborators Architects: Javier Pérez, Carlos Miguel Guimaraes Project Management: Gonzalo CarroCosts: ATHOS (Pedro Berroya + Aitziber Goikoetxea) Structure: Javier Eskubi, Amaia Oyón, Ángel Gómez Environmental Engineering: Francisco José Sánchez, Jon Landaburu, Luis Alberto Ribacoba, Begoña Sánchez Public Health Services: Luis Alberto Ribacoba, Begoña Sánchez Lighting: Susaeta iluminaciónPhotographers: Aitor Ortíz, Gonzalo Carro (construction process)Gonzalo Carro López, image courtesy of ACXT ArchitectsGetxo 1974. Architect project manager in the team from Bilbao. Member of the Society of Architects ACXT (IDOM Group).Winner of the architectural competition for the construction of the Basque Historical Archive Building and Hospital de Cruces General Services Building, finalist in the competition of urban planning and housing typological proposals, Europan 6.Btek Project Architect Project Manager, interpretation centre of technology, a project that is scheduled for the 8th BIA Sao Paulo Architecture Biennale 2009 and obtained an honourable mention in the AR awards 2009. He was also responsible for projects such as District Heating buildings in Zorrozaurre and Bolueta neighbourhoods in Bilbao and Antondegui neighbourhoods in San Sebastian or Zierbena rowing club. He currently works in the KAM museum, Kultur Atea Museum in Bilbao.