Petrochemical company Repsol YPF challenged LEO A DALY to create the first truly state-of-the-art facility for petrochemical research and development in Spain that would consolidate three separate locations into a single multi-use facility. Used by 400 corporate scientists, the facilities would provide scientific and educational support to Repsol’s international operations. On a 47-acre suburban Madrid site, the project required facilities for the Technology Center (CTR) and Institute of Energy (ISE). LEO A DALY prepared the site master plan and concepts, schematic design and design development for the campus and its infrastructure.
The major requirements of the CTR included flexible laboratory spaces, offices space, pilot plants for new product testing and development, meeting rooms, a 200-seat auditorium, a library, kitchen, and dining spaces. Constant collaboration with Repsol YPF scientists led to the CTR’s innovative design. The CTR has three wings containing product development and testing labs, connected by a pedestrian spine to a central administration building. All major utility lines are distributed among inner service zones throughout the laboratories making reconfiguration simpler and with fewer disturbances to surrounding spaces. Work and meeting spaces are positioned along major circulation routes, promoting greater interaction. Large expanses of glass provide maximum daylighting, and allow outdoor views from work areas and labs.
The ISE is the foremost educational institute for energy study in Europe, offering advanced degrees in energy-related fields of science and engineering. The L-shaped building contains lecture halls, seminar rooms, student workstations, faculty offices and a small library. Both ends of the L-shape were designed to accommodate future expansion.
The main structures of the CTR and ISE architecturally respond to and enhance the rolling landscape. Olive trees from the former olive grove on the site were preserved and replanted throughout the campus. Diverse exterior materials such as Spanish stones of limestone, granite, and marble were used throughout within contemporary looks accented by aluminum and glass.
At a glance
430,000 total SF
377,000 SF Technology Center
53,000 SF Institute of Energy
Certificate of Honor for Excellence in Architecture
American Institute of Architects - Virginia Chapter
Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing
"Both buildings have been visited by specialists...congratulating us both on the design and the quality of construction... evaluating this [project] as among the best centers of its kind worldwide."