SOMOS.arquitectos proposal along with Janine Galiano for the Biomedical Sciences Building for the Carlos III Campus in Getafe (Madrid).

The proposal relies on four main ideas:

01.- Dissolve the topographic break that borders the northern and western limits of the plot.

02.- Strengthen the landscape continuities between the existing Paseo de la Estación and the pedestrian walkway of the campus.

03.- Clearly define the boundaries of the plot and in a very specific way, the accesses.

04.- Limit the facades surfaces oriented to the west to favor summer comfort.


The most crucial concept of the project is to use the program to establish a LOGIC that apart from giving a solution to PROGRAM, can also deal with STRUCTURE, SPACE and FLOWS (people / fluids). The competition proceedings identified three functional groups that we wanted to synthesize in two:

01- Spaces dedicated to pedagogy, which are housed in the first two levels, called Plateaux.

02- Spaces dedicated to the research staff, offices, located in the last two levels.

The hall adopts the morphology of a GALLERY that defines the HEART and the "foyer" of the building. Developed on two floors, the gallery has two entrances: a main entrance that connects the building with the pedestrian walkway of the campus, and a second one directly at level with the Paseo de la Estación.

An emblematic space and a representation of the pedagogical function of the building, the gallery offers a generous volume that gathers several uses: reception, distribution for the pedagogical areas and offices, collective work spaces or relaxation spaces for the students ... Between the two levels of the gallery, several physical, visual and functional relationships are developed along its length, creating a shared, distended and complementary SPACE OF COEXISTENCE and STUDY around the pedagogical spaces (classrooms and laboratories).


The inevitable evolution of functional uses and needs must be considered as a requirement for the durability of a building. The conception of pedagogical spaces integrates that condition. For the classrooms as well as for the laboratories, the partition system is totally independent of the structure, allowing for a maximum flexibility of use over time.

The structure is an indispensable tool to guarantee that freedom. Thus, on the ground floor the number of supports has been minimized. The available pillars support two Vierendeel beams that are located on axes V and X and that occupy the entire height of the Laboratory level. To span the distance of almost 20 meters between the two beams, a system of hollowed prefabricated wooden floor is used. This extra thickness allows installations to be distributed. These Vierendeel beams support the load of the offices level, that thanks to the dividing bearing walls between each unit, work as one single slab.

The ground floor houses all the classrooms. Following the will for a pedagogical environment adapted to new learning methods, they can be extended through a system of modular panels, opening towards the gallery or onto another classroom.

The laboratories and the animal center are located on the first floor, also arranged in such a way that the distribution gallery offers complementary spaces for study or relaxation, in turn opening to outdoor terraces. A series of voids and perforations allow to establish visual connections with the lower floor and thus, building a true programmatic and perceptive unit.


All offices occupy the two upper floors of the building. They are grouped into small units structured around the distribution spaces which are enriched with outdoor terraces, or with free spaces without an assigned function. They can be used as shared work areas or being dedicated to relaxation, in order to favor a comfortable working environment.