Work has recently been completed on a building designed to expand the facilities of the La Miranda Institution, an important educational center located in the municipal districts of Sant Just Desvern and Esplugues de Llobregat. The works have been designed and directed by GCT Arquitectes, under the Execution Direction of Sabí Rom, and completed by Calaf Constructora.
One of the great innovations of the building is its ventilated façade finished with extruded aluminum profiles. Aluminum provides us with a durability of the façade much higher than other metallic finishes, since due to its resistance to corrosion makes it a suitable material for exterior surfaces, being moreover 100% recyclable and reusable.
As a firm committed to the environment, GCT arquitectes designs thinking about the life cycle of the building, not only thinking about its construction but also about its future reuse and useful life. For this reason we apply passive energy saving measures, such as the study of compactness, orientations, openings and solar control, increased ventilation, etc., which allow us to reduce the annual energy consumption of the building. The façade solution achieves a thermal transmittance of 0.23 W/(m²K), a value well above average for this type of building.
The building has a large array of photovoltaic solar panels located on the roof that not only provides the energy needed to meet the building’s own consumption demand, but also uses the surplus to supply other buildings in the educational center, making it an energy-positive building.