Edificio Portico

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Client

    Hines in partnership with Monthisa

  • Team

    Designed with SOM, London as Senior Designer

  • Size

    23,000 m² (247,000 ft²)
    8 storeys tall

Completed in April 2005, Edificio Portico was conceived as a temple; an elegant glass box resting on a limestone plinth with signature portico roof oversailing and shimmering stainless steel veils protecting the long east and west facades against the heat of the Madrid sun.  Originally designed as a speculative office building, the 2,900 m² (31,200 ft²) “H Plan” floor plates offer high efficiency, abundant natural light and optimum flexibility for single or multiple tenants.

Edificio Portico is situated within the Campo de las Naciones business park, surrounded by parkland and other similar scale developments with extensive views in all directions.  Floor to ceiling glass maximises views and natural light, the stainless steel mesh functioning more as sunglasses rather than a visual obstruction.  The limestone plinth provides a dramatic entrance with extensive garden spaces for the office workers to enjoy and incorporates an additional half floor of lettable space for increased building efficiency.

Recognition for the building design was achieved at MIPIM in 2007 with the winning of the Award for Best Office Building.